Grass Seed Varieties


All grass seed must have an analysis tag; be it tall fescue, perennial ryegrass, Kentucky bluegrass, Bermudagrass seed, Zoysia and more. However, only certified seed has an additional tag. The above indicates that the seed is Oregon Certified. It is commonly referred to as "blue tag" seed. For Newsom Seed to make a Maryland Certified Sod Mix or SHA Mix, the seed must first be Oregon Certified. This guarantees the consumer of the variety of the seed in the bag and that it meets certain minimum requirements.

However, the Maryland Department of Agriculture requires more than just the seed being Oregon Certified. Before we can do a certified mix, the seed must be sampled by a representative from the Maryland Department of Agriculture. The sample is then taken to the lab at the Department of Agriculture and tested for germination and purity. If it meets their requirements, the seed is then approved to be mixed.

Below are but a few of the seed varieties we carry. The majority of all the seed we buy is certified and on the Maryland/Virginia Recommended List:

2014 Maryland/Virginia Recommended List

Another very important source for choosing varieties best suited for your area is the National Turfgrass Evaluation Program. Directly below are links to the most current test data.

Current NTEP Reports

Tall Fescue  Kentucky Bluegrass  Perennial Ryegrass

Fineleaf Fescue  Bermudagrass

Bentgrass (Putting Green)  Bentgrass (Fairway & Tee)

Previous Recommended Lists for Maryland/Virginia (TT-77)
2013
2012
2011


Tall Fescue, Straights

The varieties listed below are not always available. Please contact one of our Team Members for current information.

 

Bullseye - Currently Out of Stock


  • Top performer in turf trials NTEP
  • High endophyte for added stress tolerance
  • Beautiful deep green color and leaf texture
  • Drought and heat tolerant, disease resistant
  • #1 Top performer in traffic tolerance for sports turf
  • On MD/VA approved list for sod certification


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Davinci - Currently Out of Stock


  • Top performer in turf trials NTEP
  • High endophyte enhancement - very good insect resistance
  • Dark green color and fine leaf texture
  • Drought and heat tolerant
  • Excellent traffic tolerance and brown patch resistance
  • On MD/VA approved list for sod certification


Hemi - Currently Out of Stock


  • High NTEP Performer Quality
  • Medium dark green color and very fine leaf texture
  • Endophyte enhanced for better insect and stress tolerance
  • Very good Brown Patch resistance and drought tolerance
  • Excellent traffic tolerance
  • On MD/VA approved list for sod certification


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Inferno - Currently Out of Stock


  • Top performer in turf trials NTEP
  • High endophyte for added stress tolerance
  • Beautiful deep green color and leaf texture
  • Disease resistant
  • Excellent durability under traffic
  • On MD/VA approved list for sod certification


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Kentucky 31 Tall Fescue


Kentucky 31 is an older proven variety that can be used where an economical, wear resistant, easy to establish tall fescue is desired.

Magellan - Currently Out of Stock


  • High performance in NTEP trials nationwide
  • Widely adaptable variety
  • Improved brown patch resistance
  • Endophytre enhanced technology
  • Improved vigor and deep green color
  • On MD/VA approved list for sod certification


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Monet


  • Tied for #1 for overall turf quality in 2009 NTEP trials.
  • Very good Brown Patch resistance
  • Great traffic tolerance and sod strength
  • Dark green genetic color and fine leaf texture
  • Excellent turf density and mowing qualities
  • On MD/VA approved list for sod certification

Picasso - Currently Out of Stock


  • Top performer in turf trials NTEP
  • Excellent traffic tolerance
  • Dark green genetic color and medium fine leaf texture
  • Very drought tolerant and heat tolerant
  • Excellent Brown Patch resistance
  • High Endophyte enhancement - very good insect resistance

Raptor II Tall Fescue


When the location calls for that little bit extra, Raptor is the easy choice. Tops in color, texture & density, Raptor produces a distinctive turf that not only performs to the rigors of the environment, but does so in elegant style. On MD/VA approved list for sod certification.

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SR 8650 - Currently Out of Stock


  • Developed for high rhizome expression under turf conditions
  • Fine leaf texture
  • Excellent Brown Patch resistance and rapid repair
  • Dense turf, high tillering
  • High Leaf Spot resistance
  • High wear and stress tolerance
  • On MD/VA approved list for sod certification


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Tarheel II - Currently Out of Stock


Tarheel II has excellent summer turf performance, including brown patch resistance and heat tolerance. It has deep roots for drought tolerance and soil stabilization. Tarheel II performs well in full-sun or shade. Additionally, it has good salt tolerance and is resistant to leaf spot, net blotch, crown rust, stem rust, and gray leaf spot. On MD/VA approved list for sod certification.


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Turbo - Currently Out of Stock


  • Top performer in turf trials
  • Top performer in traffic tolerance for sports turf
  • High endophyte for added stress tolerance
  • Beautiful deep green color and leaf texture
  • Drought and heat tolerant
  • High disease tolerance
  • On MD/VA approved list for sod certification


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Van Gogh - Currently Out of Stock


  • Top performer in turf trials NTEP
  • Very good traffic tolerance
  • Beautiful deep green color and leaf texture
  • Drought tolerant and disease resistant
  • On MD/VA approved list for sod certification


Lateral Spread Technology™
From Mountain View Seeds

 

MVS has developed a new class of tall fescues that through natural mechanisms like tillering and rhizome formation more aggressively establish, spread, and fill in, creating a turf of higher density particularly under stresses. These releases are coded with the LS suffix.

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Firecracker LS Tall Fescue - Currently Out of Stock


A release from the Lateral Spread Technology™ program, Firecracker LS has scored in the highest NTEP grouping for overall quality under medium fertility, traffic, and hot humid environments. It is among the finest in texture, with very uniform growth.

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Spyder LS Tall Fescue


A release from the Lateral Spread Technology™ program, Spyder LS has scored in the highest NTEP grouping for overall quality under medium fertility, traffic, and shade. Tops in density under drought, its aggressive behavior crowds out weeds.

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Titanium LS Tall Fescue


A release from the Lateral Spread Technology™ program, Titanium LS thrives under low fertility, reduced irrigation, and shade. Particularly adapted throughout the Transition zone, its disease resistance to brown patch is excellent.

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Self Repair Potential (SRP)™
From Turf Merchants

 

3rd Millennium SRP Tall Fescue - Currently Out of Stock

3rd Millennium SRP is one of TMi's entirely new and advanced generation of tall fescues. The presence of rhizomes creates a self-repair potential for this species which can speed establishment, improve traffic tolerance, plus aid and increase recovery potential from damage.

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Ryegrass, Perennial & Annual Straights

 

Apple SGL Perennial Ryegrass

Apple SGL Perennial ryegrass is bred for resistance to gray leaf spot. Also exhibits broad spectrum disease and insect resistance. Improved tolerance to saline irrigation. Vigorous & aggressive. Cold tolerant.

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Breakout Turf Italian Ryegrass

Breakout is a great annual ryegrass with smooth transition technology to germinate quickly and not persist into summer. It has excellent turf quality and a dark green color to blend well with other grasses. Breakout is a high density turf with fine leaf texture giving it great aesthetics and playability.

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Grand Slam GLD Perennial Ryegrass

Grand Slam GLD is bred with resistance to gray leaf spot and improved drought tolerance. It offers fast establisment and high traffic tolerance.

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Panterra Annual Ryegrass

Panterra is a turf-type annual ryegrass developed specifically for winter over-seeding. It has been used extensively for over-seeding into Bermudagrass turf to maintain green color during the winter months.

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Paragon GLR Perennial Ryegrass

The new generation of ryegrass specifically bred for gray leaf spot resistance. The first real breakthrough in turf that can withstand the ravages of GLS and maintain color & texture that is unsurpassed.

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Stellar 3GL Perennial Ryegrass

New resistance to gray leaf spot disease. Tops in establishment and spring green-up. Excellent low cut fairway and traffic stress performance. Retains density and color throughout the season.

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Kentucky Bluegrass, Straights

Kentucky bluegrass varieties have classifications. Some of the classification types are:
Compact, Compact America, Mid-Atlantic, Julia, BVMG, Shamrock and more.
To see some of the varieties that fall into these categories, click below.

Kentucky Bluegrass Classification

 

Beyond Kentucky Bluegrass

Compact Midnight Type

Beyond delivers turf performance above-and-beyond many popular varieties. I has outstanding resistance against a broad spectrum of diseases, including necrotic ring spot, red thread, brown patch, and summer patch. Beyond produces a dark green, lush turf that's tough and virtually pest free.

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Fahrenheit 90 Hybrid Kentucky Bluegrass

Fahrenheit 90 is a Texas hybrid that resembles Kentucky bluegrass in color, texture, density, and rhizomateous regrowth extension; but with improvements in the heat and drought tolerance that should extend bluegrass usage through the Transition zone and South. It is medium green in color, with a fine texture, and moderate growth habit. It readily establishes in most soils and aggressively fills-in to form a dense uniform turf. Fahrenheit 90 has shown good persistence in moderate shade.

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Midnight Kentucky Bluegrass

Compact Midnight Type

Midnight is the strongest performing, most popular elite Kentucky bluegrass ever developed. With a dark green, compact growth habit, Midnight's unique beauty & performance have stood out in National Turfgrass Evaluation Program (NTEP), private, and university trials for more than 20 years. Midnight has set the bluegrass bar since 1984 and is still the recognized standard of quality.

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NuGlade Kentucky Bluegrass - Currently Out of Stock

NuGlade prodcues a dense, dark green, elite quality turf. It showed strong quality performance at a cutting height of 1/2 inch. NuGlade has excellent leaf spot and rust resistance and outstanding shade tolerance.

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Raven Kentucky Bluegrass

Raven is a superior, vigorous variety that offers excellent turf performance over a wide geographical area. Raven is a consistent performer for excellent turf quality, dark green color, and excellent density. Raven exhibits very good disease resistance to microdochium patch, stem rust, summer patch, pink snow mold, and leaf rust based on NTEP results.

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Sudden Impact Kentucky Bluegrass - Currently Out of Stock

Sudden Impact is dark green in color and has beautiful turf texture. Sudden Impact is fairway tough; ranking very well in NTEP trials for density, traffic tolerance, and tolerance to fairway mowing heights. Exhibits good overall resistance to many common turf diseases.

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Wild Horse Kentucky Bluegrass - Currently Out of Stock

Shamrock Type

Wild Horse trounces the old workhorses! It is an excellent variety to use in bluegrass blends and for mixing with tall fescue. Characteristics include rapid germination, medium leaf texture, excellent disease resistance, aggressive & vigorous, low-mow and high tiller density.

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Bermudagrass


 

Riviera Bermudagrass

Riviera is an excellent choice for golf courses, sports fields, residential and commercial lawns. Riviera is first overall for winter kill resistance, spring green-up and percent spring living ground cover, good color and drought tolerance.

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Bentgrass


 

007

Seed Research

007 is an advanced generation creeping bentgrass variety developed by the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (Rutgers University) working in cooperation with Richard Hurley, Ph.D. 007 creeping bentgrass has a broad genetic base developed using twenty four parent plants, including plants identified from the varieties L-93 and Southshore. Additional clones were collected from older greens on high stress golf courses in the northeast USA. This new, improved variety is well adapted to any U.S. and overseas areas where creeping bentgrass is being utilized for golf course greens, tees and fairways.

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Barracuda

BARRACUDA creeping bentgrass (MVS AP-101) is an advanced generation broad genetic based variety developed in cooperation with Rutgers University. Nine unique parents, the result of extensive screening programs for improved disease resistance, high shoot density, and lower input sustainability, all trace back to plants collected from old golf courses in the United States.

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Crystal Bluelinks

Tee-2-Green

Crystal Bluelinks had the highest turf quality across all locations during the 2006 NTEP fairway/tee trials. It has a brilliant blue/green color. Has show good resistance to Brown Patch and Dollar Spot and has also shown good heat tolerance.

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L-93

Jacklin/Simplot

L-93 is now gracing the greens, tees and fairways of top golf courses nationally as well as internationally. Its reputation for being dark, dense and aggressive has made it a world-renowned name in creeping bentgrass. It has fine textured leaves, dense, upright growth creating a perfect lie for a golf ball. It has excellent winter hardiness and adapts well to a wide range of mowing heights.

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PENN A-1

Tee-2-Green

A-1 performs well under a wide range of climatic conditions. It spreads by stolons and tillers, exhibiting very dense, upright growth. A-1 has a very fine leaf texture due to the dense tillering, and it exhibits moderately aggressive growth and excellent recuperative capacity. Mixing A-1 with A-4 comes highly recommended for over-seeding & putting greens.

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PENN A-4

Tee-2-Green

A-4 is dark green with fine leaf texture, exceptional heat & cold tolerance, high density, disease resistance, and aggressive growth habit. It provides a smooth, grainless putting surface. Mixing A-4 with A-1 comes highly recommended for over-seeding & putting greens.

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Penn G-6

Tee-2-Green

Penn G-6 is vigorous, salt tolerant and provides excellent results when over-seeded in Spring and Fall. It is grainless, establishes quickly, and crowds out Poa annua

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Penncross

Tee-2-Green

The standard for creeping bentgrasses since 1955 and still the most specified bentgrass for golf courses. Recovers quickly from injury and divots. Good heat and wear tolerance.

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Shark

Mt. View Seeds

Shark Creeping Bentgrass is aggressive, has a bright dark green color, with high shoot density. More upright. Improved summer performance and disease resistance, particularly to dollar spot and take-all patch.

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Tyee

Seed Research

Tyee Creeping Bentgrass is highest rated on sand greens. Tyee has a bright dark green color with high density in all seasons. Heat and stress tolerant and disease tolerant.

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