Rated 3.0 out of 5 by 20
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Casey Pretty good grass cheap, but competition is a bit faster growing
After having some excavation done, we needed some grass, both for looks and erosion control. We tried a few different kinds, this "contractors mix" included. Interestingly, the price paid pretty much had nothing to do with the quality of grass.
This contractors mix of "northern" grass seed that apparently grows in sun or shade grew considerably faster than "Scott's Turf Builder Sun and Shade Mix" with "Watersmart Plus Coating Technology." Both this and the other Scott's stuff has a coating - this contractors mix, it appears the coating is just to try to retain more water so the seed doesn't dry out. The seed is white. The watersmart plus seed..? It's blue, and for only 7 pounds, it's almost 30 bucks. And the biggest difference between the two from my experience is that this contractors mix has significantly more seeds that come up.
So, I'd certainly get this before the watersmart coating - it's cheaper, and this stuff comes up much better. But if you're looking for something even better - Vigoro was a couple dollars cheaper than this contractors mix, and it comes up a day earlier than this Scott's stuff (just keep the seeds from drying out)...and, nothing scientific here, but as many or more of Vigoro seeds sprout as do this contractor's mix. For my money, I'll go with Vigoro, with this contractors mix a close second. Scott's other products are more expensive and don't work as well.
July 24, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by mike8065 full of nut sedge weed
Stay away from this seed its nothing but nut sedge weed. yes it germinates quick grows fast but its 80% weed. I had to use the nut sedge killer to get rid of it, now my lawn is practically dead. (I used the weed killer as direct). I couldn't believe it with the success ive had with other scotts seed products.
June 12, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by tricia bad purchase
I bought this product and it is not coming up well. I followed all directions and it still is not coming up well at all. I put this down about 4 weeks ago. I have some grass starting to come up but not much.
May 24, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Mikeroshak Destroyed my lawn
Last year we had underground sprinklers installed at my house in Connecticut. The sprinkler company used Scotts Contractor Mix to reseed all dug up areas and the rep raved about how it was a great product and I was already a fan of Scotts fertilizer products. Initially I was very happy with how quickly the seeds sprouted and filled in the bare areas. I also had a few other bare areas due to my dogs, so I purchased another bag of it a couple weeks later and reseeded those areas as well. All was great for a few months.
Then I noticed that what seemed like a lot of crab grass took over those areas. I was very unhappy, since the rest of my lawn was great thin-bladed Kentucky Bluegrass, and this crab grass really stood out as yellow-green patches that grew twice as fast as the surrounding Bluegrass. So, in the fall I spent more money and killed all the crab grass with Round-Up. A few days later, I reseeded with Contractor Mix again (like an idiot) hoping for better results. New grass grew but stayed yellow-green during the winter and could still be seen against the rest of the Bluegrass. I figured it was just due to it being new grass.
Well, now spring is here and I have come to the realization that what I thought was crab grass was not and that this seed is just full of Tall Fescue (which looks just like crab grass). It may be hardy, but it has and continues to destroy my lawn. It has thick clumpy blades of grass that do not cut well as they spring back up after mowing, grow way too quickly necessitating mowing more that 1x/week which is just not feasible, and just looks horrible! I'm going to have to spend more money this fall killing all this grass for a second time and replanting new Bluegrass.
If you have a huge area like a farm meadow or something that needs to be seeded for erosion prevention or something and you don't really care what the grass looks like, I guess this mix would work for you. But if you have a nice lawn with Bluegrass, STAY AWAY! They don't say anything on the bag about this being grass seed that will take over your lawn with Tall Fescue (which should really be labeled a weed).
April 25, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Pepper309 Works great
Live next to alley , needed to extend the grass out couple ft,
Put couple inches of topsoil on top of the gravel that was there and applied seeds ,
Watered it once every evening and kept ground broken up so to not make a crust on the dirt
Within two wks had grass growing outstanding
August 20, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Wanderer421 Took a while to establish, but eventually grew very thick and nice.
I bought this contractor bag of seed because it contains a varied mix of seed species. I raked it gently into a large section of my yard that I had covered with fresh topsoil. About two weeks later there were patches of sprouts poking out of the soil. The grass grew patchy for a few weeks (I was a little disappointed at first), but within about two months, I almost couldn't see any bare dirt patches anymore. Now, about 4 months later, the grass is very thick and green. I can tell there are several species of grass in there, which I believe makes for a very healthy lawn. This section of my yard now looks significantly better than the rest of my yard
June 24, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Hickory Did not grow
I followed all the instructions for preparing my yard for this seed and after applying and watering every day for almost 3 weeks, not one seed has germinated.
May 19, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by rwehner Only 80% germinated
Coverage is good, however seems only 80% germinated. Purchased last fall to reseed, and never did it. This fall did entire front lawn and even a hatch pattern with a drop spreader for more uniform coverage. 3 weeks after seeding grass looks healthy, but still alot of seed I can see on the lawn that didn't germinate. Looks like I'll have to seed again in the spring more than I anticipated.
Couldn't find an expiration date on the seed bag, but I'm guessing that's the reason for the failed seed.
No weeds yet, which was the goal of the higher quality seed purchase
October 1, 2014