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Old 10-01-2009, 12:22 AM
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My Recent PRG Seed Trial

When September rolls around I like to experiment a little. This year I planted the following to compare to each other.

1 Accent Perennial PRG

2 Double Eagle PRG

3 LESCO Premium Athletic Mix
  • 70% KBG (donít have variety names here at home with me)
  • 30
% PRG (donít have variety names here at home with me)

4 Champion PRG Blend
  • 35% Zoom
  • 35% Harrier
  • 30% SR4600

I used 50% sand, by volume, with 50% compost from my own pile. Before planting I mixed in a little 32-3-8 50% SCU. All have been watered the same way.

They were planted late September 14. It has been a pretty average September for temperature here, maybe a little on the cool side. It has been dry but these were watered every day.

Today is September 30. These have been cut three times and are now 16 days old. The test is not finished, but one of the things I was interested in was what quality of turf cover I could achieve in a short time without using any Penn Mulch or similar material. I am also very interested in how these will look around the end of October and how they differ from each other. I like and have used the LESCO Premium Athletic mix for years. That is what the lawn planted next to the driveway was planted to several years ago. With 70% KBG it will take a while to fill in, I realize.

I have an in-ground test plot with the same varieties planted at a school nearby. It was planted a couple days later than the coffee cans. Although it has been watered, I have not mowed it yet Ė planning to do that Saturday. It is at one end of a practice field used for football and soccer and has been stepped in a couple times. (pictured at bottom of next post)

September 22 (8 days old) :

All four plots
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September 30 (16 days old):

All Four Trials - 16 days old:
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Champion PRG Blend- 16 days old:
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LESCO Premium Athletic Mix- 16 days old:
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Double Eagle PRG- 16 days old:
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Old 10-01-2009, 12:33 AM
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Accent PRG - 16 days old:
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In-ground plot planted September 16, photo taken September 27. From bottom to top pf photo Double Eagle PRG, Accent PRG, LESCO Premium Athletic Mix, Champion Blend

September 27 - 11 days old
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Old 10-01-2009, 10:02 PM
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Nice, very nice

We also take a picture of the tag on the bag that has the breakdown of the mix when doing trials, you can number them 1, 2, 3.
Very interesting how different varieties and mixes germinate differently, same environment.

In a year it will be fun to watch, or late next spring, bury them and see how they do in the spring

You should do a control of each as well with no inputs and see if it is the mix or the fert that makes the difference.

The fert will probably have more influence at first and then the compost later

Believe it or not the color of the canister could also makes a difference, paint some black and others, green or white

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Old 10-01-2009, 10:08 PM
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Nice, very nice

We also take a picture of the tag on the bag that has the breakdown of the mix when doing trials, you can number them 1, 2, 3.
Very interesting how different varieties and mixes germinate differently, same environment.

In a year it will be fun to watch, or late next spring, bury them ans see how they do in the spring

You should do a control of each as well with no inputs and see if it is the mix or the fert that makes the difference.

The fert will probably have more influence at first and then the compost later
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Old 10-01-2009, 10:24 PM
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Some good ideas there. Thank you. I normally do take a photo of the seed label and/or pull one and save it when I use it on a job.

I do not understand what you mean by "bury it." In compost? Soon enough it will be buried in snow.

The ground plot interests me most but is not under my complete control. The Folger's cans get pretty clode to optimum care.

Thanks for your comments and ideas.
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Old 10-01-2009, 11:03 PM
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Come to think of it, the in-ground plot did not get any fertilizer. I will add some after I mow.
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Old 10-17-2009, 07:58 PM
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Update - Oct 17

October 17 (33 days old)
I should include that it has been somewhat damp and consistently cool here since my last update. I will get a photo of the in the ground plot soon. The Accent PRG got off to a great start but I think the Champion Mix now has better overall quality. The only thing I am evaluating is establishment and response to water, fertilizer, and cutting.

Sorry, but the order of the containers changed from those posted above.

All L-R: LESCO Premium Athletic, Accent, Double Eagle, Champion
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Champion Blend
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Double Eagle
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Accent
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LESCO Premium Athletic Mix
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In nearly any other year I believe the LESCO Premium Athletic Mix would have more established by now. Soil temps were 50-52 most of last week - measured at 2" in the ground, not the containers shown.
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Old 10-17-2009, 08:32 PM
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nice pics this is a cool experiment. I was wondering how you regulated how much seed you put into each bucket? like maybe by weighing the seed to have the same amount in each bucket or something along those lines.
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Old 10-17-2009, 08:53 PM
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Good stuff! I'd be interested in seeing root development too.
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Old 10-17-2009, 11:12 PM
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Thanks. In the containers I used the same volume of seed but did not weigh it. It was a small measuring scoop that came with some pesticide, guessing it was about 1 1/2 tablespoons. When I started these I tried to to keep things even but had not thought about posting it here, so I was not as scientifc as I could have been. For the ground plots I just scattered it by hand and raked it in until it looked even. I did one secton at a time and had a board I used as a divider to keep the edges mostly clean and separate.

I will have to think about a way to sample the roots without destroying the containers. That is a good idea. Might be easier to pull plugs from the larger ground plots. I'll try to get over there tomorrow for a more current photo.
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