Best brands of seed?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by BostonBull, Apr 15, 2010.

  1. BostonBull

    BostonBull LawnSite Senior Member
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    I am looking for your opinions on what the best brand of seed is out there? I like TTTF and Fine Fescues. Maybe something that is Endophyte enhanced? Or similar.
     
  2. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I like the pennington brand, great quality
    They now have a line of mycorrhizae coated seed called smart seed
    It is the bomb

    You should talk to the local extension agent they know local varieties very well, which one are resistant to diseases in you area
     
  3. SeedPro

    SeedPro LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Seed is seed as long as it's fresh and clean.

    I have great success with Lesco seed varieties at a good price.


    I have wanted to try some Pennington and others but frankly their distribution and availability sucks and they never want to sell small quantities.
     
  4. integrityman

    integrityman LawnSite Bronze Member
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  5. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    http://www.turfmerchants.com/
    is excellent.
    But for your area a top quality bluegrass is the best. Maybe Midnight II or Alpine, or America.

    For small amounts look for Scotts seed. New Scotts MLB baseball seed is excellent if you have a cooperating ball park in your state.
     
  6. BostonBull

    BostonBull LawnSite Senior Member
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    Tried Penningtons, wasnt overly impressed with the germination rate I got.

    The other two look good, but cant find a supplier without calling the co.

    Any other good choices? Or what to look for on the labels?
     
  7. Whitey4

    Whitey4 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Go to a custom supply house, one that sells to the golf courses.

    I've used Pennington and Scotts retail stuff, and sometimes it was good, other times, very bad. Far too many grassy weed seeds, despite their claims of 0.01 weed seed content.

    I recently came across a custom blend from Scotts at my local guy's place, and the weed seed content was labeled as 0.00, a rye and KGB mix. At nearly 60 bucks a 25 lb bag, this stuff better be VERY good. I just used it yesterday for the first time. On about a 1/4 of an acre.

    If this doesn't work out, I will travel the extra 25 miles to go to a custom seed house. Bad seed is like bad soil.... it makes for a problematic lawn. I will NEVER use retail Pennington or Scotts again. I want the stuff Scotts sells to Bethpage State Park here in NY for the US Open golf tourney. Not the crap they sell at Lowes or HD.
     
  8. BostonBull

    BostonBull LawnSite Senior Member
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    Know of any in Eastern MA?
     
  9. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    You should know. I planted Scotts "High Traffic" at my house on April 15, 2010. I used two bags, first was seed from 2009, not coated (still sealed in bag). The second batch was Scotts "High Traffic", but it was coated with their water-absoring polymer. The seed mixtures are high in perennial rye, but also have Kentucky bluegrass. I also planted a sample of each in a coffee mug and kept it inside for comparison. After 72 hours indoors, germination has occurred, in both samples. The tallest sprouts are about a half-inch high.
     
  10. lilmarvin4064

    lilmarvin4064 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I would be wary about coated seed, especially cool-season seeds. The coating reduces the seed count up to 50% (you're only getting half as much seed) and reduces it's shelf life + it costs a lot more. I don't buy it. I don't think it's worth the money. I haven't had any problems with regular seed, so I don't see a reason to try it. It's just marketing BS, to take more money out of your pocket and give you less product!
     

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