Scotts EZ Seed Sun & Shade Grass Seed Review

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Scotts EZ Seed – Sun and Shade has come out with a new formula that is being advertised as a "revolutionary seeding mix". When I clicked a link on the Scotts webpage to find out what the previous formula contained, I discovered that US citizens can't find out this information, only Canadian citizens! I think this is a questionable decision of Scotts, and one that will probably turn off a lot of US buyers.

Scotts EZ Seed uses a blend of Creeping Fescue, Perennial Ryegrass, and Kentucky Bluegrass. The exact breakdown is as follows: 89% Oasys Mulch; 4% Poly-S; 1% GreenStar Kentucky Bluegrass; 0.5% Avalanche KBG; 2% Silver-Dollar Perennial Ryegrass; 0.5% Majesty 2 Perennial Ryegrass; 2% Wendy-Jean Creeping Red Fescue; 0.17 Defender Perennial Ryegrass, and 1% Shade-Master 3 Creeping Red Fescue.

Seeds are mixed with super-compressed mulch which keeps area moist by retaining water. This mixture soaks up water just like a sponge, and expands to create a protective moist layer around the seed. Seeds are infused with nourishment and water, so they grow stronger roots that can survive the toughest of conditions. It's said that this seed mix will even grow grass on pavement!


  • Worked very well to cover up bare spots caused by pets
  • Water absorption additive works well on lawns that receive minimal watering
  • Grass grew sooner than advertised and blended perfectly with existing grass
  • Covered bare area of lawn where there was grub damage, and worked like a charm
  • Grass grew during a major drought


  • Product is a mixture of seed and soil - so in some cases, it may be cheaper to use your own soil
  • Product grew well in areas of full sun but didn't grow in as well in shaded areas


  • A fine mixture of seeds, mulch, and fertilizer
  • Guaranteed to grow anywhere if subjected to proper care
  • New improved formula grows on hills and slopes and reduces wash-away of seeds
  • Mulch is super absorbent (holds approximately 6 times product weight in water) and keeps seeds from drying out and drying out
  • Ideal for densely shaded, high traffic, and sunny areas
  • Grass coloring is a deep green
  • Color of mulch changes to light brown when watering is needed
  • 100% biodegradable
  • Pet and kid friendly when used correctly
  • Contains a "tackifier" which reduces seed wash-away on the sloped areas of the lawn


To use Scotts EZ Seed – Sun and Shade, first prepare the chosen area by loosening hard soil and removing dead grass which will help tiny seedlings to root. Apply EZ Seed so that the area is essentially covered, but the bare ground can still be seen (use half the amount of seed in thin areas). Apply only the amount recommended so seedlings will have sufficient space to access nutrients and water. An initial thorough, deep, watering is essential. Water the seeded area gently until seeds are completely saturated and can't absorb any more water (this might take a few minutes). Water the area daily to keep soil surface moist up until seedlings have reached the height of 2 inches.

The best time to apply Scotts EZ Seed – Sun and Shade is during Spring or Fall, because seeds germinate fastest when the daytime temperatures fall between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The average days for germination are 5 to 30. Ten pounds of this product will cove 325 feet and 20 pounds covers 445 square feet.

Customers will experience more success with this product if they lightly till the dirt where the mixture will be laid down. A LOT of watering is crucial! Although recommended watering chart says once a day, watering it twice a day (unless it rains) can provide superior results. No runoff of mulch occurs so seed isn't wasted. Some customers in the lawn care industry add that soil must be properly treated, including using lime on soil to get proper pH levels, thatching the area, and following watering recommendations exactly.


The new reformulated Scotts EZ Seed – Sun and Shade is very popular with consumers. Fully 59% of reviewers loved this product, and had a great success rate when filling in bare patches in their lawns that were damaged by dogs, heavy foot traffic, grubs, and other insects. 20% of reviewers has mixed success with this product. Although they followed watering instructions to a tee, they only got sparse grass, or grass that was thin and below their expectations. The remaining 20% of reviewers reported either no grass growth or a few seedlings. They felt that the mixture was too expensive to give such paltry results. Fortunately Scotts does provide a No Quibble money back guarantee. A few very dissatisfied purchasers recommended to other potential buyers that they make their own mix of soil, mulch, and seed for a lot less money.

21 thoughts on “Scotts EZ Seed Sun & Shade Grass Seed Review”

  1. Thanks for the pros and cons section of these reviews. It makes it easier to narrow the choices down to what might work. Who knew there were so many types of grass seed? We have sun and shade areas, a couple of dogs and kids. I want something that will do well in different sun areas, and be tough enough to handle the dogs but soft enough for the kids to play on. Is this EZ seed a good choice or would you recommend something else. We live in Utah. Thanks.

  2. I followed the instructions to the letter, however 6 hours after I finished, it rained. Is too much water going to affect its growth?

  3. Your cons section has two conflicting remarks – “Not a sprout grew in a location that gets full sun” and also “Product grew well in areas of full sun but didn’t grow in shaded areas”. So did it or did it not grow well in full sun?

  4. Hi, I am looking to replace my weeds/dirt with a nice lawn. I have a 600 sq/ft area. This product is on sale at my local store for 50% off right now. Would it be ok to plant a whole 600 sq/ft yard with this product or is it only for patching small areas? Since it’s 50% off cost is not the issue.

  5. I need to put down preemergent crabgrass control over the full lawn, but have a few bare spots to use the EZ seed within. Is it possible to prepare those areas to grow grass?

  6. Hey Mark I am trying to fix a low spot along my driveway so I put top soil to compensate for the height and mixed the ez seed with top soil will that be an issue ?

  7. I purchased this product at the beginning of the season and I have followed instructions, planted it in several bald spots in my yard. To my amazement, none of it has flourished at all. Two weeks ago, I replanted it in one medium sided spot, and as of this day, not even a sprout of grass. This product is a failure, a waste of my money, and I have one-third of a bag left. I don’t know what the problem is, but I am not satisfied spending about $26 on this grass-seed and it doesn’t work at all. I really wish I had kept my receipt, then I would take it back to Home Depot, and get a refund.

    • I would take the bag back to home depot anyways….or contact Scotts. They are usually pretty good about giving you a replacement product.

  8. I used EZ seed about a week ago in a sun and shade area and have watered it every morning. So far nothing has grown. The weather has been in the 70s and cooler at night. Help I feel like I wasted time and money.

  9. I would never buy this product again. Very expensive and I would say 75% of the new lawn is nothing but weeds.

    • Sorry to hear Linda….did you also put down some new soil? Are you sure there weren’t already weed seeds present in your soil? Scotts has a very good satisfaction guarantee, you may want to try contacting them.

  10. I used three bags of EZ seed to fill in vole damage on my lawn two weeks ago. I covered an area of about 400 square feet here and there where the voles left trails under the snow banks. After about 4 days I started to see creeping charlie show up in all the spots I put the seed mix. It is now 2 weeks later and it is spreading like mad. I would never recommend this product. It has ruined my lawn and left me with a task I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.

    • Hey Mark – sorry to hear you had such a bad experience with this product and Scotts lack of customer service. There are many factors that contribute to the success and/or failure of seed germinating. I would suggest killing off the creeping charlie, adding some fresh topsoil and seed (with good seed to soil contact). Also make sure to add some good starter fertilizer. Wait until Fall to seed again.

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