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Old 05-29-2019, 04:48 AM
 
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The local Tractor Supply has 50 lb bags of seed one type is "coated" in a green dye and the other natural. What is the deal with the coating?
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Old 05-29-2019, 05:20 AM
 
Location: KY
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The coating gives the seed more mass meaning more soil contact to "root" plus, the coating helps wick in moisture while it helps the seed to maintain its moisture content. .
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Old 05-29-2019, 06:13 AM
 
Location: NC
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Coatings can contain fertilizers, fungicides, grass growth stimulants etc that help the seedlings get off to a good start. The green tint is there just so you can tell it is treated. I would always prefer the coated over uncoated but usually it is a bit more expensive.
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Old 05-29-2019, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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The local Tractor Supply has 50 lb bags of seed one type is "coated" in a green dye and the other natural. What is the deal with the coating?
It is also a subtle way to increase the price. Look at any grass seed bag. You will be hard pressed to find one that is > 50% seed. I've seen some that are much less than 50%.
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Old 05-29-2019, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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Its a question of whether or not you're confident in your ability to keep the seed well watered, with the ground prepared, etc...

The coating gives you more margin of error in getting the seed started. The flip side is that you don't have as much actual grass seed since the coatings take up volume and mass in the bag.
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Old 05-29-2019, 02:50 PM
 
Location: D.C.
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It’s been my experience, now on two houses with thin/poor lawns - use soybean meal from your nearest feed & tack shop when you put down the seed. The soybean meal is loaded with fats and proteins that will get the seeds germinating and sprouting in about 10 days. It’ll stink for a few days while the soybean decays into the soil, but damn if it won’t make the grass go nuts!

If you also add alfalfa meal to the mix at the same time, it’ll help even more.
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Old 05-29-2019, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Yeah, another way to increase price on consumer HOWEVER they are making it more helpful as well since most people don't have great success at germinating and growing because they don't want to keep watering. The coating helps with this.


To be honest, it's BS IMO. Just throw some straw down and keep track of how much rain or water its getting. The straw will keep them and the soil moist longer than normal.


It's been raining so much here that I got grass to grow in Spring time and there's no extreme heat coming yet. (usually the heat will kill or stress new grass)
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