Favorite bluegrass strain?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Victor, May 18, 2007.

  1. Victor

    Victor LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I was wondering what everyone's favorite strain of bluegrass was. Is it "Midnight," "Moonlight," or maybe some other strain. I'm looking for a 3, or 4-way blend of high-quality, dark green bluegrass. I'm also curious as to where you would recommend I buy this seed from when it's time to start doing slit-seeding jobs this Fall. Any input would be very appreciated. Thanks.
     
  2. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
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    Hey Vic -- I bet you're busy right now. We use a 4-way blend of Kentucky bluegrasses called "Blue Ribbon". The 4 cultivars are : Dragon, Famous, Guiness, & Rambo. Beautiful dark green color, and I see no variation in color, etc within the turf once it's established. We seed it from late August through September.
    I heard Midnight gets powdery mildew when growing in shady areas.

    Don't work too hard - hope you can soon start taking Saturdays off.
     
  3. Tscape

    Tscape LawnSite Bronze Member
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    WHen I worked at Comerica Park I learned the 3 varieties in the field were Blacksburg, Midnight, and America. That is a fine stand of turf.
     
  4. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
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    Tscape -- are you finding powdery mildew on K Bluegrass? I'm seeing it now.
    Midnight is one I have been warned about from my seed guy. Thanks.
     
  5. Tscape

    Tscape LawnSite Bronze Member
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    No, I haven't seen any and it has been wet and cool here for a week.
     
  6. Victor

    Victor LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thanks for the info on those blends Mike and Larry. I think I'll try those blends this Fall. I'd love to have a great blend on hand for seed jobs.
     
  7. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
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    Victor - go to the NTEP website. Take your choice of the top performers -you won't be disappointed. Varieties improve from year to year. Most of the new KBG are quick germinators (5-7 days) and are showing better and better disease resistance.

    FWIW - Turfgrass, Inc carries a blend called "Top Blue". It's a blend of 4 of the best performers. They are located in South Lyon, MI 1-800-521-8873. They'll be happy to ship what you need from there or one of their other sites near you
     
  8. Victor

    Victor LawnSite Bronze Member
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    By the way Larry. Things were really crazy until I got my new lawns under control. Now it's starting to go back to normal though. I can't imagine what you're going through with all of your customers right now. Don't you work too hard Buddy.

    Thanks for that info about "Top Blue" Mike. That looks like another excellent option for me.
     
  9. Shades of Green LService

    Shades of Green LService LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Poa annua Rules!;) Seriously, Blue panther kentucky Bluegrass ( Deep blue KBG) Brooklawn KBG is another.
     
  10. Tscape

    Tscape LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The courts at Wimbeldon are Poa Annua.
     

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