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Best Grass Seed Reviews UK: For Ornamental, Fast Growing, Hard Wearing or Shaded Lawns

By Tim Stephens

Choosing the best grass seed for your lawn can sometimes be pretty confusing.

What does the term ‘best lawn seed’ even mean? And how do you go about choosing the perfect grass seed for your garden?

Ultimately, the best grass blend is the one that:

  1. Works in your lawn’s environment. eg. soil type, shade etc.
  2. Gives you the look you want, ie. a lush, green lawn
  3. Will stand up to the level use your family will put on it

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at what I consider to be some of the best lawn seed blends to buy and use. No matter if you’re sowing a new lawn or overseeding an existing one, my recommendations will give you the best results.


The Best Grass Seed: My Top Picks

If you’re in a rush and you don’t want to read through this whole article, I’ve organised my top pick into a handy table.

You can either click the buttons to buy a product or click on the ‘My Review’ text links to jump to the review for that product.


the best grass seed for multi-purpose lawnsRolawn Medallion: Best For Multi-Purpose Lawns

– A Very Reputable Supplier
– Excellent Quality
– More Expensive than Other Products

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best hard wearing grass seedGround Master: The Best Hard Wearing Grass Seed

– Very Hard Wearing
– Quick to Germinate
– Looks Decent

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the best ornamental grass seedRolawn Minster Pro: The Best Ornamental Grass Seed

– Used on Golf Courses in the UK
– Slow Growing
– Creates a Beautiful Lawn

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the best shady lawn seed
A1 Lawn AM Pro-9: The Best Grass Seed For Shade

– Creates Beautiful Lawns in Shady Areas
– A Blend of Fine and Hard Wearing Grasses
– Germinates Well

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quick growing grass seedA1 Lawn Premiership Pro: The Best Fast Growing Grass Seed

– Very Quick to Germinate
– Resistant to Disease
– Incredibly Hard Wearing

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Grass Seed Reviews: A Closer Look at My Top Picks

Here is a closer look at what I think are the best lawn seed products.


1. Rolawn Medallion: The Best General Purpose Grass Seed

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If you’re looking for a general-purpose grass seed that will take some wear and tear but also look and feel luxurious, then Rolawn’s Medallion Premium Lawn Seed gets my top recommendation.

I recently reviewed Rolawn and discovered that their turfs and grass seeds are the basis for many award-winning gardens. They are also regularly featured on Alan Titchmarsh’s Love Your Garden on ITV as well as supporting the BBC’s Gardeners World Live Show.

Rest assured, you’re in safe hands with Rolawn as they supply some of the best quality grass seed in the UK. That said, expect to pay a bit more for them as a result because they’re at the higher end of the price bracket.

The Seed Blend

Rolawn Medallion lawn seed blend is made up of;

  • 25% Dwarf Perennial Ryegrass – this gives the grass seed blend its tolerance to wear and tear. It also grows fairly low and produces that pleasing thick, lush look.
  • 45% Strong Creeping Red Fescue – is very tolerant to drought in both sunny and shaded areas. It’s not very susceptible to pests or diseases either which makes it very hardy.
  • 30% Slender Creeping Red Fescue – is very fine in appearance and used on golf courses. It gives this blend of grass seed its luxury look and feel.

Having used this particular grass seed mix on several projects, I’m a massive fan of Rolawn’s Medallion grass seed.

It’s quick to germinate when you’ve prepared and fertilised the ground properly and it grows evenly and reliably to produce a fabulous looking lawn that’ll stand up to the wear and tear of normal family life.

Like I said, it is slightly more expensive when compared to other brands but in this case, you definitely get what you pay for. I’ve found it to be an excellent product.

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2. Ground Master: Best Hard Wearing Grass Seed

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If you have a busy family life and so your lawn takes a lot of wear and tear, then Ground Master’s Tough Back Lawn Seed is very good.

The Seed Blend

Ground Master is made up of two types of grass seeds;

  • 30% Strong Creeping Red Fescue – Tolerant to shade and drought as well as disease.
  • 70% Perennial Rye Grass – A very high percentage of Rye Grass makes this grass seed very tolerant to wear and tear.

OK, this grass seed won’t ever make your lawn look like a bowling green.

That said, when you have an active family and use the lawn a lot, you need a grass seed blend that’ll cope with the stresses of intense use.

And that means you need a high amount of Rye Grass.

Rye Grass also germinates and grows in soils that are less than perfect, from sandy soil to clay. If you’re not a very keen lawnsmith and you just need a seed that’ll work, this product is a good choice.

Again, I’ve used Ground Master a lot when creating play areas, lawns for rental properties and busy families.

It germinates and grows very quickly and despite me saying it won’t create a bowling green finish, you’ll still have a very decent looking lawn.

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3. Rolawn Minster Pro: Best Ornamental Lawn Seed

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If you want an ornamental lawn or you want to improve the visual appearance of an existing lawn by adding finer grasses…

…In my opinion, Rolawn’s Minster Pro is the best grass seed for this.

I already talked about Rolawn earlier when reviewing their Medallion grass seed so you’ll already know what I think about them as a company.

Their products and customer service are excellent.

The Seed Blend

Rolawn’s Minster Pro ornamental lawn seed is made up of;

  • 50% Slender Creeping Red Fescue – Have very fine, bristle-like leaves that grow slowly and form in mats.
  • 50% Chewings Fescue – Another slow-growing, fine-bladed grass with an excellent visual appearance.

Both of these grass types are used in golf courses all over the UK. They grow slowly and tolerate very close mowing which makes them perfect for ornamental lawns.

Rolawn’s Minster Pro grass seed is a very good product that combines just two species of grass to create a beautiful appearance.

It’s a slow-growing grass seed so it does take a while to germinate and establish. That said, the result is definitely worth the wait.

Again though, it is on the higher end of the price bracket. But, you get what you pay for and Minster Pro lawn seed is beautiful.

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4. A1 Lawn Premium Shady Lawn Seed: Best Grass Seed For Shade

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If your lawn is covered in shade cast by buildings, trees, fences, hedges or bushes, you’ll need a grass blend that’ll cope well in that environment.

A1 Lawn AM Pro-9 Premium Shady Lawn Seed is fantastic!

The Seed Blend

This grass seed blend contains a mixture of the following;

  • 20% Dwarf Perennial Ryegrass – Which is quick to germinate and grow, roots deeply and grows well in cool conditions cast by shade.
  • 35% Strong Creeping Red Fescue – A hardy grass that’ll cope well in shade. It’s also very resistant to diseases like Red Thread and Fusarium Patch that is often caused by surface moisture on the grass.
  • 15% Slender Creeping Red Fescue – Creates a thick, luxurious mat of foliage which is fairly vigorous.
  • 3% Browntop Bent – Grows well even in poor conditions where there’s limited sunlight and poorer soil.
  • 12% Meadow Grass – Another grass that grows well in poorer conditions, especially in nutrient-deficient soils.
  • 15% Sheeps Fescue – A very hardy, adaptable, yet fine leafed grass that can stand up to the harshest conditions from droughts to freezing temperatures.

With several very hardy species of grass, A1 Lawns AM Pro-9 Premium Shady Lawn Seed is a very specific blend that is perfectly suited to our often unpredictable climate.

As such, it doesn’t just cope well in shaded areas, it looks fantastic. It’s fairly quick to germinate and grows reliably.

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5. A1 Lawn Premiership Pro: Best Fast Growing Grass Seed

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If you’re looking for fast-growing grass seed, take a look at A1 Lawn’s AM Pro-24 Premiership Pro.

This is an exceptional product which has been used to create some of the best Premiership Football pitches.

The Seed Blend

A1 Lawn’s Premiership Pro contains;

  • 40% Tetraploid Dwarf Amenity Ryegrass – Using technology to create a grass seed that creates 4 roots systems instead of just one. This makes it very quick to establish and incredibly resistant to wear.
  • 40% Dwarf Amenity Ryegrass (Esquire) – Needs hardly any encouragement to germinate and grow and is resistant to many diseases.
  • 20% Dwarf Amenity Ryegrass (Sravinsky) – Also a fast-growing, very hardy grass.

A1 Lawn’s Premiership Pro is an excellent product which uses the latest technology to create a fast-growing grass seed blend which is also incredibly hard-wearing.

It’s also very fine in appearance so it’s also an excellent choice if you want a lawn that’ll both look beautiful (like premiership football pitches) and take a lot of wear at the same time.

Because it’s very quick to grow, has an excellent visual appeal and it’s incredibly hard-wearing, I’d say it’s a perfect choice if you’re trying to create that bowling green finish while letting the kids play on it.

Of course, bowling greens don’t contain Rye Grass, they contain fescues and bent grasses. But they don’t take wear very well.

Premiership Pro will give you the best of both worlds.

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The Competition

As you have probably discovered, there are hundreds of different lawn seed products on the market. Out of the hundreds of products on the market, I have 5 top recommendations.

So what about the rest?

Well, I can’t possibly test every single product but here are my thoughts on the most popular ones;

A1 Lawn AM Pro 25 Super Tough Lawn Seed is a very good alternative to my top recommendation, GBW Hard Wearing Grass Seed.  That said, it only comes in 5kg or 10kg bags. That’s fine if you’ve got a large area to seed but for many people, it might be too much.

Superstar Back Lawn Grass by The Grass People is also an excellent product of you find Rolawn Medallion lawn seed a bit expensive. You’ll get half a kilo more and save around £7. It doesn’t seem to germinate as quickly but it’s still highly recommended on Amazon.

A1 Lawn’s Platinum Pro is a good quality alternative to Rolawn’s Minster Pro. You’ll pay just £10 more a 5kg bag than you would for a 1kg box from Rolawn. If you’ve got a larger area to seed, you’ll definitely save yourself a few quid. It has more species of grass in the blend than Minster Pro but they’re all very fine species and it’s a very high-quality product.


In Conclusion

When it comes to finding the best grass seed for a particular job or environment, many lawn owners can get confused.

I hope this article has helped you make your mind up about choosing the best lawn seed for your particular needs and gardening goals.

And remember different types of grass seed can be added to a lawn to give it a certain look, characteristic or resilience.

For example, you can add shady lawn seed to patchy areas of your lawn that sit in shade for most of the time. And similarly, you can add ornamental seed to a general-purpose lawn to give it a finer appearance.

There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach.