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 🙁
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)
Let’s review Scotts EZ Seed
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)
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.