Seed Mixes & Blends


Newsom Seed is a Mid-Atlantic seed company supplying grass seed and landscaping supplies to the wholesale trade. We have one of the largest seed blending facilities on the East Coast. The equipment used is state of the art, cleaning and mixing seed to the highest quality available.

We not only inventory stock mixes, but also do custom mixing to the customer's specifications.

We also can mix Maryland Certified Mixes, such as those used for Maryland State Highway and Maryland sod farms. These mixes require that the seed be tested by the Turf & Seed Division of the Maryland Department of Agriculture. Once the testing has been done and approved, the Department of Agriculture schedules the day the mix will be done. On that day, a representative from the Department of Agriculture is present to supervise the entire mixing procedure. The Department of Agriculture preprints the tags like the one below. These tags are sown on each bag.

As you can see in the photos to the left, not only do we provide seed in 50 pound bags, but also in 1,000 lb. bulk bags. These are typically used on sod farms.




















Popular Seed Mixes

 

Newsom Tall Fescue Blend


100% Tall Fescue

We use 3 varieties of tall fescue in this very popular mix. The tall fescues stay green in the summer, tolerate heat & drought, and can tolerate a fair amount of shade. All the varieties are improved varieties, locally adapted with narrow blades and from the Maryland/Virginia Recommended List - TT-77.

Sow at 7-8 lbs. per 1000 sf.

Newsom Trio Mix


80% Tall Fescue
10% Kentucky Bluegrass
10% Perennial Ryegrass

Trio Mix is our most popular mix. The tall fescues stay green in the summer, tolerate heat & drought, and can tolerate a fair amount of shade. The perennial ryegrass establishes quickly providing erosion control until the turf becomes established. The Kentucky bluegrass complements the mix, and repairs any damage done by traffic or disease. All the components are improved varieties, locally adapted with narrow blades and a very pleasing appearance.

Sow at 6 lbs. per 1000 sf.

Newsom Premium Mix


90% Tall Fescue
10% Perennial Ryegrass

Newsom Premium Mix is our most popular elite mix. The tall fescues stay green in the summer, tolerate heat & drought, and can tolerate a fair amount of shade. The perennial ryegrass establishes quickly providing erosion control until the turf becomes established. All components are improved varieties and are taken from the Maryland/Virginia Recommend List - TT-77.

Sow at 6 lbs. per 1000 sf.

Newsom Hydro-Mix


90% Tall Fescue
10% Perennial Ryegrass

Hydro-Mix is our most popular hydroseeding mixture. It establishes quickly to provide soil stabilization. The tall fescues are the workhorse of this mix. They withstand the heat and drought that frequent the Transition Zone. Use on construction sites, new home building and industrial sites.

Sow at 6 lbs. per 1000 sf.

Newsom Shade Mix


35% Creeping Red Fescue
30% Chewings Fescue
20% Hard Fescue
15% Perennial Ryegrass

Shade is always a hard place to grow grass. To improve the chances of success, our mixture contains 4 species. 85% is comprised of 3 "fine" fescues, all of which tolerate low levels of light and dry soil.

Sow at 4-5 lbs. per 1000 sf.

LC Shade Mix

LC Shade Mix


65% Creeping Red Fescue
20% Chewings Fescue
15% Perennial Ryegrass

The LC (Landscape Contractors) Shade Mix contains most of the same species as our Newsom Shade Mix but the breakdown is a little different, making it more economical for when your job requires more than just a few bags.

Sow at 4-5 lbs. per 1000 sf.

GLS Plus Blend

GLS Plus Perennial Ryegrass Blend


100% Perennial Ryegrass

GLS Plus Perennial Ryegrass Blend is the Professional's choice for demanding applications that call for top playability as well as insurance against the devastating Gray Leaf Spot and companion diseases like warm temperature Brown Patch and Pythium.



Sow at 6 lbs. per 1000 sf.



Newsom Econo Mix


50% Tall Fescue
50% Annual Ryegrass

This mix is similar to the Temp/Perm mix. It will give you very quick erosion control along with permanent seed characteristics.

Sow at 100 lbs. per acre.

Newsom Temp/Perm Mix


60% Barley
25% Tall Fescue
10% Annual Ryegrass
5% Foxtail Millet

With the addition of 25% tall fescue, this mix gives you the versatility of a temporary mix with the endurance of a permanent mix at a very economical price.

Sow at 100-200 lbs. per acre.

Newsom Athletic Mix

Newsom Athletic Mix


70% Perennial Ryegrass
30% Kentucky Bluegrass

A mix that provides quick establishment & ability to self-repair, the Newsom Athletic Mix contains Improved Perennial Ryegrass & Kentucky Bluegrass varieties from the MD/VA recommended list.

Sow at 6 lbs. per 1000 sf.

Available by special order only.

Newsom Ecology Mix

Newsom Ecology Mix


70% Hard Fescue
30% Chewings Fescue

Newsom Ecology is an excellent mixture to use in low-maintenance areas such as golf course out-of-play areas, hillsides and shaded areas.

This mix will grow to less than 24 inches in height before developing very attractive seedheads, which provide an aesthetic "meadowing" appearance.



Sow at 150 lbs per Acre.



Available by special order only.

Newsom Wildflower Mix


10 Species of Perennial Wildflower
10 Species of Annual Wildflower

Newsom Wildflower Mix is modeled after research performed by John Krouse with the University of Maryland. Each species is selected for its adaptability to our area, giving you the best chance for a successful wildflower meadow.

Sow at 18 lbs. per acre (12 lbs. Perennial Wildflower & 6 lbs. Annual Wildflower.

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Pasture Master Horse Pasture Mix


This mix is excellent for cattle or horses. It is endophyte-free and contains components that are designed for the Mid-Atlantic region.

Seeding rate is typically 50 lbs per Acre.



Bag size is 25 lbs.



Click Here to view the seed tag


Tall Fescue Blends

 
Winning Colors TF Blend

Winning Colors Tall Fescue Blend


100% Tall Fescue

Winning Colors is the ultimate "Oregon Certified" Turf-Type Tall Fescue blend containing 4 of the best tall fescues on the market. The new improved version features our new varieties that were included in the 2007 Tall Fescue NTEP trial. Together, these 4 varieties make Winning Colors a winning combination of better varieties to yield better turf - producing excellent color, overall disease resistance, brown patch resistance, mowability, drought resistance, and heat tolerance.

Sow at 6 lbs. per 1000 sf.

Bag size is 50 lbs.

Tech Sheet

Top Choice


100% Tall Fescue

Top Choice lawn seed products are the right start to a beautiful lawn. Top Choice's quality ingredients are subject to rigorous inspection standards. This allows us to bring you seed that is 99.9% weed free. Top Choice only contains varieties that are selected for your region. Our simple-to-follow directions will produce a lawn that is attractive, durable, and easy to maintain. Top Choice is very dependable and your satisfaction is guaranteed.

Sow at 6 lbs. per 1000 sf.

Bag size is 50 lbs.




Maryland Certified Mixes


SHA Turfgrass Mix


95% Certified Tall Fescue
5% Certified Kentucky bluegrass

Approved for Maryland State Highway use for permanent seed projects. Mixed in presence of MDA Inspector in order to have the orange SHA tag affixed

Sow at 6 lb. per 1000 sf.

SHA Temporary Mix

SHA Temporary Mix


95% Barley
5% Foxtail Millet

Approved for Maryland State Highway use for temporary seed sites. Mixed in presence of MDA Inspector in order to have the orange SHA tag affixed

Sow at 25 lbs. per Acre

Click here to see an illustration found on a seed tag.

The tag above is an example of a Supervised Mix done with the Maryland Department of Agriculture. This is a mix that has been specified by Maryland State Highway. If you will notice, the seed must be used by September 30, 2013. If the seed is not used by that time, a sample must be taken by the Maryland Department of Agriculture and retested to make sure that the germination level still meets the minimum requirements.

The date for retesting is determined by the original test date. On the tag, the test date is December 2012. The seed must be retested after 9 months, which would after September 2013.

All Maryland Certified Mixes, whether SHA, sod mixes or otherwise, must be retested 9 months after the original test date on the tag.

Another frequent question pertains to "Pure Live Seed." How does one determine Pure Live Seed or PLS? Let's take the tag above.

If you look at the germination levels, they are all at 90%. Now take the Other Crop, Inert Matter, Weed Seed and add them together.
.05 + .73 + .00 = 0.78%
100% - 0.78 = 99.22% Purity

To determine PLS, multiply the purity by the germination level. 99.22 x .90 (90%) = 89.30% PLS (Pure Live Seed)



Maryland Certified Sod Mix



The tag above is an example of an Interagency Mix done with the Maryland Department of Agriculture. The mix is a Maryland Certified Sod Mix.


Maryland Certified Sod Mix


90% Certified Tall Fescue
10% Certified Kentucky bluegrass

For a sod farm in Maryland to grow Certified Sod, they first must purchase Maryland Certified Sod Seed. Then their fields must be inspected throughout the year by a field representative from the Maryland Department of Agriculture. The inspector makes sure there are no weed issues and that the turf is healthy and viable.



Specialty Mixes


Newsom Seed is a distributor for Ernst Conservation Seeds of Meadville, PA. We have a long term relationship in working with Ernst, helping to provide many specialty seed species and mixes to meet the growing demand of this market segment. With the increased attention by state and federal agencies toward wetland areas and conservation concerns, native mixes have become specified in bid packages more and more.

Below I have listed many of the stock mixes that we can provide. Keep in mind that the specific species in each mix can vary from time to time depending on the availability at the time the order is placed. We can also have custom mixes made to meet almost any specification.

Mixes Listed by Mix Number



Pure Live Seed Calculations - Multiple Varieties

Seed mixtures are normally sold by weight of each component that makes up the mixture. Occasionally, specifications are based on the actual pure live seed (PLS) seeding rate or each kind or variety in the mix. Seed mixed and labeled as Maryland Interagency Certified mixtures (blue tag) or as meeting the specifications of the Maryland State Highway Administration (orange tag) must meet high standards of purity and germination.

For example: a specification requires that 6.0 pounds of perennial ryegrass and 1.5 lbs. of Kentucky bluegrass be applied per 1000 sf. This would appear to be an 80% / 20% mixture applied at 7.5 lbs./1000 sf.

The Kentucky bluegrass and perennial ryegrass components which are chosen for this mixture show the following test results on their respective tags:


Perennial Ryegrass 99.08% pure seed 95% germination
Kentucky bluegrass 98.67% pure seed 70% germination


To calculate the PLS of the perennial ryegrass & Kentucky bluegrass:

Perennial Ryegrass:
A: Multiply the % pure seed by the % germination (0.9908 x 0.95) = 94.13% PLS
B: Multiply the % PLS by the required weight (0.9413 x 6.0) = 5.65 pounds

The 6.0 pounds of perennial ryegrass contains 5.65 pounds of viable seed (PLS). Thus, to apply the recommended seeding rate of 6.0 pounds per 1000 sf you will need more than 6.0 pounds of this seed.

To calculate the amount of perennial ryegrass seed you will need:
C: Divide the recommended seeding rate by the PLS weight (6.0 / 5.65) = 1.06 lbs.
D: Multiply C by pounds per 1000 sf (1.06 x 6.0) = 6.36 pounds

Kentucky bluegrass:
A: Multiply the % pure seed by the % germination (0.9867 x 0.70) = 69.00% PLS
B: Multiply the % PLS by the required weight (0.69 x 1.5) = 1.04 pounds

The 1.5 lbs. of Kentucky bluegrass only contains 1.04 pounds of viable seed (PLS). Thus, to apply the recommended seeding rate of 1.5 pounds per 1000 sf you will need more than 1.5 pounds of seed:

To calculate the amount of Kentucky bluegrass seed you will need:
C: Divide the recommended seeding rate by the PLS weight (1.5 / 1.04) = 1.44 lbs.
D: Multiply C by pounds per 1000 sf (1.44 x 1.5) = 2.16 lbs.

To apply 6.0 pounds PLS of perennial ryegrass seed and 1.5 pounds PLS of the Kentucky bluegrass seed, you will need to mix 6.36 pounds of the perennial ryegrass and 2.16 pounds of the Kentucky bluegrass. Thus, you should not mix the seed as an 80% - 20% mixture applied at 7.5 lbs./1000 sf; instead you should mix on the basis of a 74.65% - 25.35% mixture, and seed this at 8.52 lbs./1000 sf (not 7.5 lbs).

Click here for printable version of PLS calculations.