Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by guntruck, Feb 10, 2001.

  1. guntruck

    guntruck LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 527

    Where can i get some good information on different types of grasses. Im going to start aeration and overseeding this year and would like to know where i can find out what grasses are best for around here.

  2. Lanelle

    Lanelle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,361

    Check with the local chapter of the PGMS. In the DC area, we use improved tall fescues with a small % of bluegrass mixed in for good residential lawns. The Maryland Turfgrass Council can help you also. Contacting the U. of Maryland is probably the best way to get in touch with these various organizations.
  3. BRL

    BRL LawnSite Bronze Member
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  4. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,662


    Try contacting the Lesco in your area. They will be able to tell you the information you need to know. If this is not an option, talk to a local nursery or someone who does hydro-seeding. They too will be able to point you in the direction as to what seed types are the best for your geographical location. Sometimes places such as Lowe's or HomeDepot will sell a "contractors mix" and this can give you an idea on where to start as well.

    Hope this helps.
  5. BRL

    BRL LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,211

    It has come to my attention that my posted links are not good ones (the E-mail at MDU might be good). I got these from the December issue of Landscape Management and I apologize for not checking them before posting them. I will be contacting them to find out what's up.

    It has been my experience that any seed labeled "contractor's mix" is a cheap seed consisting of mostly inferior annual ryes that don't grow in thick & die off quick. They are marketed to contractors that need to get turf established extremely quickly, usually to obtain Certificates of Occupancy for the building or home they use it at. I have gotten many turf renovation, or at least overseeding jobs after people used "contractor's mixes".
  6. lawman

    lawman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 199

    Try your local LESCO they should know what is best for your area. That is how I use and the seed has worked great for me so far. .02 cents

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