Seeding with Bluegrass

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Joshuakwhit, Aug 28, 2014.

  1. Joshuakwhit

    Joshuakwhit LawnSite Member
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    What's everyone's opinion on seeding with Bluegrass instead of Fescue. I like the idea of it tillering, and having better Brown Patch resistance.
     
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    KBG will do better in Full Sun than Fescue and will go dormant in the heat/drought whereas fescue will die...
     
  3. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Adding some bluegrass to the mixture with tall fescue is always recommended--you are correct--it increases the ability of the lawn to self-repair, filling in thin spots when conditions improve, (providing the fertility is at a good level). Be sure to use a high-quality drought-resistant bluegrass (like the Texas type) suited to your climate and conditions. A top quality--brown patch resistant fescue--which has creeping ability is also absolutely essential. Bullseye, Spyder and Titanium are some newer types. Try to avoid any type that is lower than the top 50 percent in the most recent NTEP trials. Try to avoid any old varieties, that were introduced earlier than 10 years ago. A non-irrigated lawn might need a different type than an irrigated situation.

    On the other hand, bluegrass is a bit slow to start, and a high percent may fail to survive or be crowded out by a faster growing species, like fescue. For best results let the expert guys at a sod farm grow it for you.
     
  4. McFarland_Lawn_Care

    McFarland_Lawn_Care LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I just got some Thermal KBG to try out ....I'll be mixing it in with some TTTF on a few jobs.
     
  5. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Yor from Tn That KBG wont take the heat unless you have irrigation

    That might be true up north Down here only use KBG maybe in the shade Fescue rules in the sun down here
    Fescue will stay green longer then KBG in a drought
     

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