Thank goodness for websites such as the one I found for you. It's done
all the research for me. Check out seedland.com, all the links below
point to areas in their website:
This link goes directly to the New Jersey area information.
Based on my reading and understanding of how this web site works, I
would recommend a Bluegrass/Ryegrass or Ryegrass/Fescue Seed-Mix.
The seedland.com web site has a 4-Step method for determining the best
grass for you specifically, here:
I clicked on "New Jersey" (on the right) and determined what I think
would be best for you. Armed with the information below, I would go to
Depot or Sears in your area and ask the nearest salesperson to point
you to Grass Seed. You can also click the link below and order it
online, delivered to your home from seedland.com, but nothing beats
the helpful Home Depot folks...
Prices and Online Ordering Information
Or, here's Home Depot:
1) Select "Garden Center" on the left.
2) Next, select "Seed," the "Grass Seed," -still on the left.
3) Next, select "Blend"
This result leads you to specific varieties good for your area, read
the choices. I recommend a blend because you want it to grow longer,
and in both shade and sun. Be sure to get perennial.
Below are excerpts from the seedland.com web site, I recommend you
read these links yourself for more information, I can't quote it all
..."Recommended Grasses - Cool Season Grasses are The most common
grasses in the Atlantic transitional states. Some of these varieties
are Kentucky Bluegrasses, Fine Fescues and turf-type perennial
ryegrasses. However in Delaware along with Southern Maryland and
central and southern areas of New Jersey Bermuda grasses and
Meyer-Zoysia grasses can be used due to the transitional nature of the
Here's the link for Bluegrasses:
..."Kentucky Bluegrass is a cool season lawn grass. Bluegrasses can
be planted from seeds or sodded and is one of the most popular
turfgrass lawns in Northern America. Bluegrasses require medium
amounts of lawn care and make beautiful home and sports
grasses....Bluegrass is a cool season, perennial ground cover; forming
a beautiful, high quality, dense sod when grown in pure stands. Grass
color ranges from bright green to deep bluish green.
Bluegrass is often used in low to medium traffic areas and often
incorporated with other grass species to produce a better
multi-purpose lawn...Bluegrass has a later green-up period and is
often seeded specifically with ryegrasses for this reason. Bluegrass
is one of the longest living perennials grasses grown...
..."Ryegrasses were brought to the USA from Europe and are now grown
and planted throughout the country. These bunch grasses have two
basic types; annual and perennial. Each type is planted as a pure
strain or used in mixtures depending on the specific lawn use desired.
Do not confuse these two kinds as being the same. They are adapted
into our lawns mainly for their fast growing ability as a cool season
grass. Perennial is a permanent lawn choice in more cooler climate
areas, and annual is seeded yearly and lives for one season..."
Here's there Climate Zone Selection Chart:
Click this to see how I determined the best grass for you.
...The climate zone map below allows you to find your state and
location so that you can better determine what grasses will do best
for your location. This critical information applies to both lawn and
pasture uses of grasses. It does you no good to buy and plant a warm
season grass only to find that the hard freeze that is normal for your
winter will kill out the grass. Same goes for cool season grasses
when the summer temps shrivel your grass to nothing. Finding the
right grass or MIX of grasses is an important step in planting a great
All in all, get the best grass seed you can afford and follow the
instructions on the packaging for the best results. Unfortunately, a
great grass requires some babysitting: watering, fertilization, and
regular mowing. It may need weekly mowing during the height of the
Here's a handy "How To Care For Your Lawn" .pdf file you can print for
I hope this has been helpful for you!
Search strategy/keyword phrases used at Google:
"grass selection" "New Jersey"