How to Plant Canada Green

Updated March 23, 2017

Canada Green is a turfgrass marketed heavily on television and in magazines. It is a mixture of creeping red fescue, Kentucky bluegrass and annual rye grass. The advertising for the product claims that the turfgrass chokes out crabgrass, grows without soil and remains green all year long. Agriculturists with Iowa State University Extension, however, claim that it is a poor quality mixture and that the annual rye grass is too aggressive to be mixed with other, more desirable lawn seed. If you have decided that Canada Green is the turfgrass for you, plant it as you would other turfgrass.

Take or mail soil samples to your cooperative extension office. They will analyse the soil, for a small fee, and let you know which amendments, such as lime and fertiliser, you will need to add to the soil before planting the Canada Green seeds.

Remove all weeds from the planting area. Depending on the type of weed, you may be able to take care of them with a glyphosate herbicide, or you may need to remove them by hand. Your County Cooperative Extension agent can help you determine which method to use.

Loosen the soil in the bed with the rototiller.

Create a 2 per cent grade, sloping away from the foundation of the home.

Pour the amendments onto the soil and use the rototiller to mix them to a depth of 5 inches.

Smooth the area with the rake, removing any hills or valleys in the soil. Roll over the area with the lawn roller until firmly packed.

Fill the spreader with 1/2 the recommended amount of the Canada Green seed, and spread it in north-to-south strips. Spread the remaining seed in east-to-west strips. Sprinkle 1/4 inch of soil over the seed and roll over it with the lawn roller.

Water the Canada Green seed several times a day, to keep the top layer of soil moist, until the seeds sprout.

Things You'll Need

  • Herbicide
  • Rototiller
  • Soil amendments
  • Rake
  • Seed spreader
  • Topsoil
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Based in the American Southwest, Bridget Kelly has been writing about gardening and real estate since 2005. Her articles have appeared at,,, RE/,,, and in "Chicago Agent" magazine, to name a few. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in creative writing.