Grass identification?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by daman, Jun 24, 2010.

  1. daman

    daman LawnSite Member
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    Guys from these pics whats your best guess on this grass type? this is 90% of the lawn along with some wider stuff crab grass I'd say, thanks..

    Grass is located in Northern Michigan in the thumb

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  2. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    A mixture. Mostly rye, because rye has a sharply pointed tip. Bluegrass is slightly more blunt and more boat shaped.
    The third picture has some bluegrass in it because it has some leafspot fungus disease (rye doesnt get this disease). Since it is a severe case of leafspot (melting out), it must be one of the cheaper, old-fashioned varieties, like Newport or Parade. If you really want to know--it will go to seed in a few days. Just let part of it go unmowed for a week or two. The seed heads are completly different.
     
  3. daman

    daman LawnSite Member
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    Thanks these were a few different shots around the yard not all in one spot,so rye huh? sounds like an uncommon grass???

    the lawn probably has been patched over the years,what helps with leafspot?
     
  4. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Ryegrass is not uncommon any more. It is contained in almost every seed mixture in the last 25 years. But the newer types and cultivars are far superior to the old-fashioned breeds.
    Leafspot is best controlled by using modern disease resistant seed. But damage is minor. The only other option is to spray a fungicide about 6 times per year. (Every year.)
     
  5. daman

    daman LawnSite Member
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    Ahhh wow under stood,,again thank you...
     
  6. mdlwn1

    mdlwn1 LawnSite Silver Member
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    1. KBG in all pics.....sure some rye is in there as well.
    2. No melting out is going on there.."severe case".WTF?:hammerhead:
    3."it must be the cheaper variety"...c'mon..nuff said......
    4."rye doesnt get this disease"....ummmm....ok...lol
    5. "mostly rye"....even if it was mostly rye the day it was planted...it would be mostly blue after 2 years if there is ANY sun...........jeez!
     
  7. daman

    daman LawnSite Member
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    Hmmm,ok what kind of grass is it then? from what you can see? i need to know for spray purpose,thanks.
     
  8. mdlwn1

    mdlwn1 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Holy crap!...spray 6 times a year?......dude....I respect you, but sometimes you go off on some wierd recomendations based on incorrect information. Those pics are prolly 80%+ KBG...if not more. Secondly....you can find leaf spot in just about any lawn in the north at any activly growing time. Unless you are on a golf course, 6x fungicide a year is just about something one never need to do. Creating a sterile situation is usually a last resort. THIS IS COMMON and doesnt mean much of anything. Im almost tired of seeing these posts this time of year and the responses they generate. Just like ants....you will always have some kind of fungus in the lawn....when they begin to overburden...you deal with it...wich is more of an art than science.
     
  9. daman

    daman LawnSite Member
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    I don't care about the fungus it'll survive always have just needed to know what type grass and boy mostly KBG? thats sounds not good.
     
  10. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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