Magic Grass Needed; low profile, dryland; James?

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by Tim Wilson, Oct 6, 2008.

  1. Tim Wilson

    Tim Wilson LawnSite Senior Member
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    We are burning off some extensive weed patches this fall and I want to seed with some grass ground cover possibly with Alsikes for nutrient exchange. Are there any suggestions for a grass which grows in thick, does not grow too tall and is dryland tolerant? James, do you have any ideas?
     
  2. Barefoot James

    Barefoot James LawnSite Senior Member
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    Since all our tall fescue comes from your neck of the woods I would imagine tall fescue might be a great option? I would for sure recommend the Pennington Smart Seed with MYCO. We are having WOW results here in KY.
    Very drought tolerent once established and it would be mycorrhizal.
     
  3. DeepGreenLawn

    DeepGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    what is the cost comparison though? I tried to find someone to sell it to me in bulk to no avail...

    Any luck there?
     
  4. DUSTYCEDAR

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
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    Lets see some pics of the magic seed
    jack where is the been stalk?
     
  5. Tim Wilson

    Tim Wilson LawnSite Senior Member
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    Sounds like I'm best to stick with my present mx.

    40%Turf-Type Tall Fescue
    40%Hard Fescue
    20%Turf-Type Perennial Ryegrass
    with a handful of clover

    Penningtons is not available in Canada. I could try my own mycorrhizal inoculation I guess.
     
  6. Barefoot James

    Barefoot James LawnSite Senior Member
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    How whould one go about inoculating seed with mycorrhizae?
     
  7. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
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    the same way people spread a cold, contact. we love the new mycostim from Terra nova, bills tea, some compost tea that has some native AM and EM in it, maybe even chop up some nice cow pasture clods that have great looking grass.


    james we still have another spot on the fishing trip..............
     
  8. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
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    deep, dont buy a yougo if you want Ferrari speed, get the good stuff and pay through the nose, we just did a taste test, the tractor supply name brand did the worst out of all, 25% or less, the pennington seed did just fine 99%, and the ( hate to say this) the scotts stuff from slowes did great also.

    Tim need a package from the states????
     
  9. DeepGreenLawn

    DeepGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    I just went and looked at a yard I used tractors stuff on, only because they were the only ones still open, and it did alright in areas that stayed wet and damp... near the A/C and in the back where there is already a good stand of turf... up front though, where the problems are... it didn't do too well. I am sure a lot had to do with the rock hard soil but even where I put down compost to help hold the seed in place it didn't do too well...

    I am going to go back with more compost and tell the customer that they need to keep it wet like the other locations.. ie keep the sprinklers on... other than that I was happy...
     
  10. Tim Wilson

    Tim Wilson LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks for the offer Treegal. I can always get Tad in Seattle to ship me some if I decide to try it. That's a lot closer than you are.
     

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