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April 2018 NEWS

Grass Seed Germination

Grass seed germination

Grass seed will germinate at a wide variety of temperatures; the optimum temperatures for germination are in the table below. The temperatures listed are air temperatures which would be almost identical to that in on the surface of the soil barring radiation effects.

Realize though that optimum temperature for seed germination can vary depending on seed age, cultivar, etc. Also the optimum germination temperature of certain species may not involve a specific temperature but a rhythmic alternation of temperatures. Additionally, the maximum and minimum temperatures for seed germination are poorly defined because of the extreme slowness of germination, especially for the minimums.

Most of our cool season grasses can germinate almost throughout the summer, so there are many other factors control the success of seeding. Poor irrigation, diseases like damping off, and weed pressure are the most common causes of seeding failures.

Optimum Temperatures for Seed Germination

Turfgrass Species Optimum temperatures for seed germination
Creeping bentgrass 59-86
Annual bluegrass 68-86
Kentucky bluegrass 59-86
Rough bluegrass 68-86
Tall fescue 68-86
Red fescue 59-77
Sheep fescue 59-77
Chewings fescue 69-77
Perennial ryegrass 68-86


For more information contact your sales rep.

PennMulch Seed Accelerator

Pennmulch Seed AcceleratorPennMulch Seed Accelerator conserves moisture to improve seed establishment. It increases turf density, minimizes weed outbreaks and provides a full application rate of starter fertilizer. PennMulch now comes with Tackfier to hold seed, soil and mulch in place. Now sold in a 40 lb. bag.

  • Faster turf establishment, includes starter fertilizer.
  • Better germination, stores moisture for seedlings.
  • Binds mulch & seed
  • Improved formulation now with tackifier to hold mulch and seed in place
  • Easy to apply

For more information contact your sales rep.

Win a Prize

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National Seed's
All Purpose Potting Soil Mix

potting soil mix

  • Controlled Release 19-5-8 Fertilizer lasts throughout season
  •  Superb balance of drainage and water retention
  • Made fresh to order
  •  No messy perlite
  • Ideal for annuals
  • Available in 2.0 CF bags

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Are You Paying Attention?

By Brandon Steiner

Knowing what is important for the people around you is important and you should do what's important for those people every day. The most important things always are the most important things! Everybody wants attention, but when it’s time to give attention no one wants to do their part.

When the spotlight is on you, you thrive. When all the focus is on your life you can talk about it for hours, but once it's time to shift your focus, that's when you suddenly lose interest. This is where so many people fail (get off track).

To be successful at anything, you need to be strong at building relationships. And the way to build a strong relationship is by caring about other people. People notice when you pay attention to them, especially when it comes to something they find important!

Ask yourself:

  • What are their issues?
  • What do they need?
  • How can you provide value for them?

In the end people only care about what you can do for them in that moment, and that's why I like to anticipate what they need before they even know that they need it. 

Value = what you can do for someone that they can't do for themselves.

At the end of the day, people like to surround themselves with people that help them win! Yes, diligence is underrated and building relationships is the foundation for a successful life.

Helping others, caring for the people around you and doing what's important for the people that are most important is everything.

Contact your sales rep for more information

Tom Breier:
(630) 417-9054

Tim Breier:
(630) 417-9056

Dan Breier:
(630) 417-9055

Mark Breier:
(630) 417-9057

Kevin Spiller:
(630) 903-5240

Zully Arroyo:
(708) 506-9933 (Hablo Español )


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