Survey of grass-seed mixes reveals wide quality range

"Several aren't worth buying," says report

By Jez Abbott A consumer watchdog has reignited the controversy over grass-seed mixes after it tested brands and found a large gulf between best and worst. Gardening Which? trialled 16 seed mixes on drought tolerance, wear resistance, coverage and appearance, marking them out of 100. Top brand was Johnsons Easy Lawn, which scored 92, followed by British Seed Houses So-Green and EverGreen Multi -Purpose. Canada Green Grass Seed was bottom on 21, with Homebase Quick Growing Family Lawn on 27 and Westland Multi-Purpose on 30. “We found they can vary widely in quality and several really aren’t worth buying,” said the report in September’s magazine. It highlighted ryegrass Nui “used as a pasture grass to fatten up New Zealand lamb”. Marketing manager Miranda Harris of Johnsons’ parent DLF Trifolium, said: “Our seed contains microclover, which provides natural fertiliser and keeps the lawn green. “Variation in quality is down to seed-mix ingredients. Good-quality varieties and species are important if you want a good lawn.” A representative for Canada Green declined to comment. Earlier this year, British Seed Houses accused rival suppliers of including unsuitable grasses in their mixes (HW, 31 May).

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