Grass seed selection?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by WVHILLBILLY, Mar 13, 2005.

  1. WVHILLBILLY

    WVHILLBILLY LawnSite Member
    from WV
    Posts: 6

    I am going to be sowing a new yard and the soil is clay. What is the best grass seed for this type of soil? Any suggestions will be appreciated.

    Thanks,

    WVHILLBILLY
     
  2. MJLsLawnCareNmoreLLC

    MJLsLawnCareNmoreLLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 841

    I would recomend Kentucky bluegrass or a type of fescue. Fescue in my opinion doesnt look as good as bluegrass. The fescue requires less maintenance and is more drought tolerant. The blue grass needs to be watered more often especially in the hot summer, but being that the soil is clay it retains more water so that would help out. If there is going to be a lot of shade, fescue is the way to go. Let me know if you have any other questions. Hope this helps.
     
  3. Roman27

    Roman27 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 29

    I also like the look of Kentucky Bluegrass. I am planning to renovate my 1 acre lawn this coming fall and plant all Kentucky Bluegrass. I have chosen specifically the Midnight II variety. It's a relatively new cultivar that is based on the old Midnight variety of Kentucky Bluegrass which is known for it's outstanding color.

    You can do some more research on grasses at http://www.seedland.com and on Kentucky Bluegrass in particular at http://www.bluegrasses.com. Also, check out the National Turfgrass Evaluation Program at http://www.ntep.org and the http://www.lawngrasses.com. That should help get you started. If you want a good book to read about lawns, check out "Scotts Lawns: Your Guide to a Beautiful Yard". It usually sells on Amazon.com for $3-$4.
     

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