Zoysia grass in MD - ok to overseed with something else?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by recycledsole, Sep 24, 2012.

  1. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Posts: 3,231

    Hey guys
    i got a customer with zoysia. i heard its good to overseed with perrenial rye.
    we are in maryland climate zone 7a/ 6b. i cant even find any seed after trying home depot / lowes/ 4 other supply stores and nuseries. what should i do?????
    thanks alot
     
  2. maynardGkeynes

    maynardGkeynes LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 409

    Try Home Depot online. I know they sell PRG especially meant for overseeding for about $50 for a 50 lb bag and delivery is free. One thing you got to worry about in MD is that PRG can do pretty well up there -- it might not die off when the zoysia starts to green up. I'd be incline not to overseed in Md. I'd also be inclined not to have zoysia, but that's the customers call I guess.
     
  3. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Posts: 3,231

    ok ok thanks
    wouldnt i do better with a shade mix?
    thanks
     
  4. maynardGkeynes

    maynardGkeynes LawnSite Senior Member
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    No, I think if you overseed, PRG is the way to go, because theoretically it does not like the heat, which means it will fade out when the zoysia greens up. Shade mix won't necessarily do that -- they don't like/need the sunlight, but its not a heat thing. But really, the problem is that in the transition zone, PRG can survive pretty well in summer. Some people go with annual ryegrass for that reason instead, but it is ugly stuff IMO. Some people paint the grass. At least the PRG that home depot sells is designed to be less heat tolerant. It is called Barenbrug 50 lb. Panterra V OverSeeding Rye Grass Seed http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-203245191/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053 It might be ok for you.
     
  5. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Posts: 3,231

    thanks alot buddy, thats the one i was looking at.

    does everyone think this one will be good?
    thank you very much
     
  6. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Posts: 3,231

    oh does this PRG do well in shade / sun mix?
     
  7. maynardGkeynes

    maynardGkeynes LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 409

    PRG likes sun, but should do Ok with 4-6 hours of sun/dappled sun. Really deep shade, nothing will work well for overseed; but, u could try a hail Mary with a fine fescue, boreal, chewings, like that if PRG doesn't germinate after 7days in the shaded areas.
     

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