Choosing a grass seed

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by kirk1701, Aug 20, 2011.

  1. kirk1701

    kirk1701 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Hey guys,
    Kind of continued from last years tread Here

    Long story short, I went with the Inferno last year after Lowes discontinued the seed I was using.

    I might go with the Inferno again this fall for my renovation which I'm happy to say, don't look like very much :clapping:

    Before I go buy the 50 Lb bag of inferno there is a new place in town carrying a 50 Lb bag called First Choice Tall Fescue Blend so I went and looked it up. Not much info there except that it's from a Tennessee Farmers Co-Op so I dug deeper googling the types of seed from the tag.

    33.14% AST7001 Tall Fescue
    33.11% AST7003 Tall Fescue
    33.07% AST9002 Tall Fescue

    Which I found Here

    So I'm wondering how this would compare to the Inferno or if I should best leave well enough alone :laugh:

    Thanks guys
     
  2. nightshutter

    nightshutter LawnSite Senior Member
    from UT
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    Not sure if this helps nut the agriculture co-op out here has great seed. It has a coating on it that helps hold/absorb moisture. Test a patch with it. Those farmers know thier stuff
     
  3. kirk1701

    kirk1701 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Yea, depending on what you guys on here said I was going to buy a small bag of this stuff there and do just that and test it in a small area.

    If it looks good, we'll might use it next year.

    I will say this, I always have an area by now in front of the gate, in front of the ramp going up into the shed and some high traffic area's that always die out; guess what? Even with the heat and I haven't watered as much this year either looks like very little reseeding to do in front of those areas and that was reseeded last year with inferno.

    This year may just be a throw some seed out and forget about it kind a year as there are no real heavy bald spots.
     
  4. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    AST 7001 and 7003 look good--at least based on the adverstising. And 9002 also. You will be in good shape. Of course, good soil preparation, watering and other conditions need to be good for best results.
    My only concern is that there is no Kentucky bluegrass--which grass would add greater ability to creep with multiple rhizomes--this improves the ability to self-repair. The usual suggestion is 10 to 15 percent high-quality Kentucky blue. Sometimes the advertising exaggerates the ability of the improved tall fescue to spread laterally. Do not include rye grass, as it tends to crowd out the fescue and blue at the time of seeding, but does not persist later when the heat gets intense. If you add bluegrass, be sure it claims to be drought resistant or heat resistant, if the advertising doesn't mention drought resistance, assume that it has none.
    Here is a type that claims adaptation to hot conditions. Fire and Ice.
    http://www.turfmerchants.com/kentucky_bluegrass/fire-and-ice.php
     
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2011
  5. kirk1701

    kirk1701 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Thanks Riggle, actually I think I have some bluegrass in the lawn and been wondering where in the heck it came from because I didn't plant it. I like it, its spreading too :drinkup: plus its on the bank which as you know dries out first and it seems to prosper in full sun and dry hot weather. If thats not enough it seems to be 100% resistant to disease too :clapping:

    I'm still undecided on whether to go with the inferno Vs this new bag I found :confused:

    Which would be the better quality of the two any idea?

    Soil prep shouldn't be a problem this year as compared to previous years, like I said above I got a dam good stand of grass and I guess I'm contributing that to the inferno seed I used last year.

    The only thing I didn't like about the inferno seed was in came up like angel hair pasta :laugh: literally, thick but thin like strands and 50% never developed into blades of grass even this spring? But I'm not sure if thats how it should be either.

    Have a look here:
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    I just took new pic for end of August so you can see not much renovation to do.
     
  6. TJfromBG

    TJfromBG LawnSite Member
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    Kirk,
    I've been looking for a good local place to get seed to start a new lawn. Which is the new place with the First Choice Tall Fescue Blend? Our house is being built, and outside construction may take a little bit longer, I'm hoping I can plant by the end of September.
     
  7. kirk1701

    kirk1701 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Its the place next to sams club that just opened; Stockdales.

    However I think I've decided to go with what I know worked, Inferno did very well purchased at Southern States but if you go that route call ahead and place your order, they are out of stock right now.

    I am going to swing by stockdales and get a small 10Lb bag and test it's durability for next season.

    Yea, end of Sept should be a perfect time OR when the weather breaks and you see signs of change in the season but don't start before then; trust me I learned from the book of hard knocks "the hard way". :drinkup:

    Good luck
     
  8. TJfromBG

    TJfromBG LawnSite Member
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    I hear ya bout planting at the wrong time :) Forgot all about Stockdales, pass it every day AND my parents go there all the time for supplies for their goat ranch. I'll run in tomorrow and look around.
    I saw your facebook pics, the Inferno looks good, I'll definitely keep Southern States in mind. I've also been looking at Tenbarge online, drove past today but they were already closed.
    Thanks for the help!
     
  9. kirk1701

    kirk1701 LawnSite Gold Member
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    :drinkup:
    Good luck, were here if you need us.

    Are you a Pro or doing it yourself?
     
  10. TJfromBG

    TJfromBG LawnSite Member
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    Not a pro, just a DIYer. We may end up sodding the front of the house, and definitely the back (we have 3 dogs), but if I'll show the progress of the lawn (if I make progress :) ) Thanks again!
     

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