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Old 07-14-2011, 09:59 PM
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Wide blade Fescue? (advice please)

I picked up a new large property and it is rough. I mean rough. aproximately 12 acres. They have took all the top soil and left with some good ol red clay with a little sand. I was going to aeravate it with my aeravator. I think it may do better to no till sod drill the area in September going over it twice in dirrerent directions. It is full sun with not a shade tree in it. Applied 8 tons of lime already in prep for fall. My question is do any of you use a wider blade fescue for full sun. I usually use Lesco Transition blend but was wondering if a wider blade fescue besides K-31 than can tolerate the heat and drought better. I need some grass to be there this time next year.
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Old 07-14-2011, 10:20 PM
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K-31 be the best Works here on clay and always green in the dought
put 10-12 lbs per 1k sqft
make sure once it is growing only mow it no less 3''
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Old 07-15-2011, 01:29 AM
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K31 is the wide blade fescue. The other varieties of fescue are fine blade. My advice to you is DO NOT
WATER IN THE EVENING. Water between midnight and 7:00AM. I learned my lesson the hard way.
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Old 07-21-2011, 11:13 PM
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What is the best variety of fescue for direct sunlight? I've got K31 in the shaded area's and it does fine, but doesn't seem to handle the full sun well at all.
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Old 07-22-2011, 10:38 AM
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if the mustang variety is still available that was always a good, thick drought resistant fescue.
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Old 07-22-2011, 10:40 AM
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Watering at midnight can be almost as bad on fescue as watering in the evening.
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Old 07-22-2011, 04:15 PM
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Shop around; K-31 is cheap and old fashioned. Take a look at K-31 in the NTEP turfgrass trials.
http://ntep.org/data/tf06/tf06_11-8/tf06_11-8.pdf

The best low manitenance varieties had a score of 6 or above, Falcon V and several others. K-31 had a score of 3.6; over a hundred varieties were better. I suspect the new types are better, more disease resistant, and just as sturdy when it comes to sun and drought.
Mustang 4 for instance. And maybe Mustang 3 is almost as good and cheaper.
http://pickseed.com/usa/Products/PDF/mustang_4_ts.pdf
Don't buy anything that doesn't claim to be disease resistant, and drought hardy.
http://www.mtviewseeds.com/Temp/DATASHEETS/Spyder.pdf
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Old 07-22-2011, 05:22 PM
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Riggle, I think I'll try the mustang 4 this fall.
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Old 10-17-2011, 11:15 PM
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Thanks for the replies. My notification to my phone was turned off. I wish I would have tried this variety this year. Just emailed the company to see if they have any dealers in NC. Did you end up using Mustang 4 this year
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