Every year, a new grass seed is introduced with boasts that it will grow anywhere, won't need any water, and only require mowing once a season.
Last year it was Patch Perfect. A few years ago, there was one called Canadian Green.
This year, there's a major marketing pitch for a seed called "Grassology." And boy, do the claims for it sound awesome!!! But just like last year, I ask you to remember what your parents taught you about things that sound too good to be true.
The twist for Grassology is that it has a celebrity endorsement of sorts from Bob Vila of the PBS renovation show "This Old House."
I could simply tell you that this seed will not work in southeast Texas and be done with it - but you know me! I feel this is a teaching moment.
Here are the top three things to know when a new grass is advertised with fantastic claims.
- Around here, the only grass that consistently grows from seed is Bermuda.
- In our region, only four types of grass grow from solid sod: Bermuda, St. Augustine, centipede and zoysia
- All those new miracle grasses contain some combination of rye, fescue and bluegrass. While those grasses can be used in our area during the winter to over-seed a lawn and keep it green, they are the worst for this region spring through fall, mainly because of our heat and humidity.
Here's what Grassology's seed make-up is:
- Creeping red fescue - source Canada
- Hard fescue - source Oregon
- Tall fescue - source Oregon
- Perennial ryegrass - source Oregon
- Kentucky bluegrass - source Idaho
- Sheep fescue - source Oregon
- Chewing fescue - source Oregon
Did you just smack your forehead?
Next year when a new grass gets mass-marketed and makes audacious claims that sound too good to be true, remember to find out exactly what kind of seed it is!
My biggest beefs with Grassology's ads/advertorials/infomercials are:
- They never say what the grass seed is, only that it's "scientifically engineered" to do all the things everyone would love to have their grass do.
- There's no disclaimer that says something like, "Rated for northern states that grow rye, fescue and bluegrass year-round."
- Bob Vila should not be wearing pastel orange shirts.
We will be doing our Saturday GardenLine event this week at one of my all-time favorite nurseries, near my old stompin' grounds.
Cornelius Nursery, 2233 Voss between San Felipe and Westheimer, is a location I passed on my way to school for years.
And get this: they have all kinds of great hummingbird and butterfly nectar plants for sale this weekend, and they are practically giving away the new Extreme Impatiens - only 99 cents per 4-inch container.
Additional annuals and perennials in stock that will attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden include lantana, petunias, coreopsis, daylilies, and rudbeckia plus shrubbery like althea, buddleia and wisteria.
Print a copy of this post and bring it to Cornelius on Saturday. Show it to me 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and I will hand the first 50 people a $10 coupon to use with a purchase of $50 or more. Showing me the post on your smart phone works, too.
And be sure to say hi if you or your children went to T.H. Rogers Jr. High or Lee High School with me!