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:

2013 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)
2012
2011
2010


Tall Fescue, Straights

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

 

2nd Millennium


What sets 2nd Millennium Turf Type Tall Fescue apart from the other varieties ranked in the top 10 in the recent NTEP trials? 2nd Millennium is one of the fastest Tall Fescues to establish . . . it has excellent performance under Traffic Stress, and offers superb Disease Resistance.

In addition, 2nd Millennium has a fine textured, dense turf and a dark green color that holds up even in winter.

Benefits:

  • Quick to Establish
  • Excellent Winter Color
  • High Endophyte
  • Improved Brown Patch Resistance


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Bullseye


  • 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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Inferno


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


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Magellan


  • 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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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.

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Turbo


  • 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


  • 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

XtremeGreen


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


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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


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

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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Tall Fescue for Pastures


 

MaxQ Tall Fescue

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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Perennial Ryegrass, 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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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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Homerun Perennial Ryegrass

Homerun is the top LSD ranking in NTEP "A, B, C, D, T" trials, low cut fairway performance to traffic. Excellent density and color throughout the growing season. Is gray leaf spot resistant. Early green-up & compact growth.

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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

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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Blue Note

Compact America Type

Compact America type bluegrass featuring excellent color, texture, density and shade tolerance under normal to moderate fertility management. Suggested for elite bluegrass mixtures intended for sod production, golf/sports turf and professional landscape.

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Impact Kentucky Bluegrass

Compact Midnight Type



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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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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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Wild Horse Kentucky Bluegrass

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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Declaration

Lebanon Seed

A cutting edge creeping bentgrass that exhibits top rated overall turf quality and dollar spot resistance. In the 2004-2007 Final NTEP Greens trial, Declaration tied for #1 overall for turf quality and ranked #1 for dollar spot resistance. Ideal for fairways or tees at higher levels, top ranked for summer density with excellent resistance to brown patch.

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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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