Good quality "OTC" seed?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by BostonBull, Mar 19, 2011.

  1. BostonBull

    BostonBull LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 520

    I am looking to see what is readily available at a big box, Agway, Blue Seal, etc for QUALITY seed? I prefer a TTTF.
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    I personally expect all seed to display accurate germinatin rates on the container/bag. So the other aspect is to look at the kind and variety of each kind, listed on the pkg. If you like the kinds listed then look at the % of each, and see if there is a lot of stuff you don't want...

    My biggest problem with box stores is gettin the 3 way mixture w/out the anual rye... I can get pure KGB, but not pure mix... Oveseeding in the spring is fine to have the AR as a cover crop and usu. becomes unnoticeable as the season wears on...
  3. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
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    It's not a "big box" store but what about Lesco/John Deere Landscapes? I like their TTTF. I usually use the Teammates Plus which is a TTTF, Ryegrass, Bluegrass blend and their price is less than you'll find at any big box store. I did a lookup and they have a store in Haverhill at 175 Ferry Rd.
  4. BostonBull

    BostonBull LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 520

    When i said "big box" I just menat something semi local, or not over the net. i was hoping to lay some down this weekend. Ill check out the JD dealer, never even knew we had one so close.
  5. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    Well, it's not the John Deere equipment dealer. It's Lesco that was bought out by John Deere Landscapes. They supply a lot of seed, fertilizer etc. to landscaper, municipalities and golf courses...kinda like a warehouse-type place.
  6. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,443

    I think Scotts has the best quality. Not cheap, of course. And I don't actually care for the water-retaining seed coating--might help in certain circumstances. I suspect you will find the lowest percent weed seed and modern disease resistant varieties.
  7. Hissing Cobra

    Hissing Cobra LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 705

    Yep, John Deere Landscapes is not only in Haverhill, there's other locations your area. They're listed below with the phone numbers. Good luck!

    Peabody (Store 486)
    G. Renault - Manager

    North Hampton (Store 649)
    Robert Olivier - Manager

    Manchester (Store 587)
    Christopher Barton - Manager

    Nashua (Store 676)
    Nicholas Warren - Manager

    Chelmsford (Store 447)
    Robert Kelly - Manager

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