fastest seed

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by OwenS, Oct 22, 2004.

  1. OwenS

    OwenS LawnSite Member
    from Montana
    Messages: 11


    I had to renovate a lawn after the septic system was changed, and I'm wondering if anyone has a good way to avoid having a muddy disaster until the spring. Something like a very fast germinating annual grass, etc. It would need to work over the next 3-5 weeks of Montana weather.

    I just need a remedy until spring when I will re-seed the whole thing with local bluegrass blend.
  2. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,569

    Don't know your weather but if it isn't at 32 or below yet Fescue will be up and started in 5-10 days.
  3. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,697

    I've had good luck this past summer in getting 100% bluegrass blend to germinate in 6 days. In other words, if the weather isn't too cold, forget the rye and just plant KBG.
  4. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,622

    Plant the area with a winter rye.
  5. grassworks

    grassworks LawnSite Member
    Messages: 134

    ditto on the winter rye.... Never seen fescue seed germinate with temps below 65 F
  6. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,904

    We have used wheat in situations like that before.
  7. jphag

    jphag LawnSite Member
    Messages: 219

    Definately winter rye!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  8. the fine fescue will germinate at the coldest temps of any of the desirable turfgrass! Proable would also include some winter rye.
    I generally use a mixture of fine fescue on turf areas over a drainfield. Would imagine its real late for seeding in montana, so increase seed rate by @ 25%!

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