How to Read a Grass Seed Label
A picture of a typical label found on a bag of grass seed is shown below:
Key to diagram:
- Grass seed product name.
- Pure grass seed. The percentage by weight of grass seed that is in the bag.
- Other crop seed. The percentage by weight other than the pure grass species or varieties labeled, but not considered as weed seeds. If "other crop seed" is over 5% of total weight, they must be listed by name.
- Weed seed. The percentage by weight of weed seeds in this lot.
- Inert matter. The percentage by weight of material that will not grow.
- Noxious weeds. If the product contains seeds that are considered noxious weeds as defined by your state these would be listed on the tag.
- Address. The address of the company providing the grass seed.
- Origin. State in which the grass seed was grown.
- Lot number. Each lot of grass seed is uniquely numbered. This number appears on all documents so that it can be traced back to its origin.
- Test date. Actual month and year this lot of grass seed was tested for germination.
- Germination. The percentage of pure grass seed that will germinate in a controlled lab.