Awfully expensive for what it is, grass seed, mixed with green colored
mulch. My bet is it's rye seed, grows fairly quickly, and lasts long enough
for the rest of the lawn to fill in. You're probably better off buying a bag
of topsoil and a bag of grass seed. For the same $20 you'll have more then
enough seed and "patch" soil to patch the entire lawn all season.
The fact that you're asking this question makes me wonder if you've had bad
luck in the past with "normal" seed purchased locally. Based on 30+ years of
observing neighbors struggling with starting grass seed, I've concluded that
people most often fail at this for the lack of one very inexpensive set of
miracle tools: Burlap and a few rocks or bricks to hold it in place. As the
others have mentioned, buy whatever seed you think will match what you've
already got. Prepare the soil nicely, apply seed, mist lightly, and cover
with burlap. The burlap achieves 3 things:
1) Keeps birds from eating the seed
2) Keeps heavy rain (and you, if you're spray-challenged) from blasting the
seed into clumps
3) Helps retain moisture in between waterings.
In a perfect world, you'd be out there with a spray bottle every 4 hours,
making sure the spot never dried completely. In the real world, you probably
have to work for a living and can't come home to mist the seed. Burlap is
the answer. Don't ask for it at Home Depot. They'll probably point you
toward the curtain department. Go to a real garden center.
I don't need names. I was wondering what KIND of person gave WHAT a bad
rating. Was this consumer advocate a gardener? For how long? He/she may not
realize that straw often comes with a LOT of weed seeds, which usually means
it's hay, not straw. Both will serve as mulch, but one will make you cry a
few months later.
There's nothing wrong with burlap. It works perfectly.
I think it was obvious they gave Perfect Patch a bad rating, hence the
subject of the thread. :)
What does the straw do? I have seen straw laid out in my neighborhood
before and wondered what it was for. Is it the same purpose as the
I have a lawncare company (Naturalawn) that fertilizes, seeds, etc. for
me. But I've got an area under my deck where nothing has grown. They
claimed this stuff grows in shade, but it sounds too good to be true.
It probably *is* too good to be true. I'd look for a ground cover that likes
shade. This is a perfect opportunity to hit the library or bookstore and
read the best book in the known universe for shade plants: The Complete
Shade Gardener, by George Schenck (or maybe Schenk).
As far as the straw, it's supposed to serve the same purpose as the burlap.
But, small birds have no pulling away bits of straw to get at the seeds.
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