Comparing Grotrax vs Scotts EZ Seed – The Great Bermuda Grass Off

Grotrax Bermuda Grass - 12 days later

The two products being examined:
Grotrax, Bermuda Rye Grass, 200 square feet.
Scotts EZ Seed, Bermuda Grass, 20lbs.

Starting on a hot June day in Texas 2021, my wife and I put down Grotrax (we purchased 200ft — thinking this was more than enough for the spaces we needed, it was not) and Scotts EZ Seed, because I didn’t get enough Grotrax, oops 🙁

Let’s start off with what we did for Grotrax. We prepped the sections of yard by tilling the soil and adding a log barrier. Grotrax already contains fertilizer in the mesh.

seedlings from Scotts EZ Seed
Small seedlings from Scotts EZ Seed coming up.

According to the instructions for Grotrax you need to water the sections generously (1 to 2 times a day). Which was done because in Texas most days going into June can be 90-100+ degree days, which won’t allow for water to stick around.

Here is the growth progress for Grotrax

Grotrax looks great after only two weeks. I had a log barrier to keep the dogs and kids off to help prevent extra foot traffic until it was fully set. During the whole summer it stayed sharp looking. But as fall set in, the grass started becoming sparse and thinner. By June 2022, the grass was pretty much gone and not much left to show. The image below is of today’s area.

Here is Grotrax one year later (2022)

Grotrax 1 year later June 2022
Grotrax didn’t hold up after 1 year.

Let’s review Scotts EZ Seed

So Grotrax did really well the first year! But Scotts EZ Seed not so much. Below are images of it growing throughout a similar time line as Grotrax. Same watering schedule and same soil conditions.

After these photos, the Scotts EZ Seed Bermuda grass didn’t grow much; it seemed like the heat and possibly the shade restricted the growth and it stayed dormant the rest of the summer.

Here is Scotts EZ Seed one year later (2022)

Scott's EZ Seed - 1 year later
Scott’s EZ Seed took after 1 year and is growing strong.

Conclusion for Grotrax vs Scotts EZ Seed

Grotrax was great the first year, came in strong, and stayed around for the end of the season. Did not come back the next year and did not do well with heavy foot traffic.

Scotts EZ Seed was sad the first year – didn’t fully come in and looked sparse. By next year it was in, green, and lush before the St. Augustine planted next to it.

If you need green grass in 2 weeks, go with Grotrax. It costs more than Scotts EZ Seed (less than sod) and will be around for the first year for sure. If you want green grass for years to come, go with Scotts EZ Seed and make sure to plant it in early spring to give it a chance to come in strong and stay long.

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