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Seeding a new lawn or overseeding an established one? Use our calculator to find out how much grass seed you’ll need for your project.*
This calculator is to be used as an estimating tool only.
When it comes to establishing and maintaining your lawn, knowing you have the right grass and grass seed for your area instantly increases the chances of growing a lush yard. It’s also important to know how much seed you need, and that’s why Lowe’s has a Grass Seed Calculator to make sure every inch of your yard is covered and to save you time and money. Read on to find out more about grass seed types and other options for your yard.
Types of Grass
Grasses are grouped into two general types: warm season and cool season. Where you live in the US will determine which type of grass will grow best in your area. Cool-season grasses include fescue, perennial ryegrass and Kentucky bluegrass and thrive in places with cold winters and hot summers. The New England area, upper Midwest and Northern California are a few places these varieties will likely flourish.
If you live in the Transition Zone, where the climate features characteristics of both northern and southern areas, then you’ll find you can grow either type of grass.
Grass Seed or Sod?
Whether you’re starting from scratch or salvaging your existing lawn, grass seed can do the trick. By using seed, your choices for grass type are greater, meaning you can more easily choose a sustainable turf for your region. Seeding your lawn is generally a simple task and in the long run, will be easier on your wallet as opposed to the price of sod. Some disadvantages of seed include slower establishment, being able to seed during peak times for the type of grass and growth competition with weeds.
An alternative to grass seed is sod. With this option, you get grass that’s already matured, instantly providing the look of a finished lawn and quick establishment for continued growth. The window for grass installation is more flexible and weeds are less likely to pop up. However, sod is costly and needs to be laid as soon as possible — within 24 hours at most — to ensure it properly takes root, so you’ll need to set aside time for installation. If you choose to go with sod, you can buy pallets of sod that offer coverage for up to 500 square feet.
If having a real grass lawn isn’t a top priority for you, skip growing and maintaining all together with artificial grass. This is also a great option for athletic fields and putting greens.
However you decide to take control of your lawn, seed or sod, Lowe’s has what you need to establish or improve your grass and make sure your yard flourishes. Find fertilizers, weed killers and lawn mowers to keep your turf in top condition.