Pickseed premium fescue blend

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by grassmasterswilson, Aug 26, 2013.

  1. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
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    Anyone remember what is in this blend? Think it has mustang 4 along with a few others.

    Trying to compare what I can get.
  2. Hendry

    Hendry LawnSite Member
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  3. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    I think "Corona" looks really good. In any case, look at the release date; try to get varieties that have been released recently--say 2008 or later. "Venture" is newest, released in 2011.You want new, improved and disease resistant varieties...no old, yellow, stringy, and disease susceptible. Don't take a chance with any variety that does not show up in NTEP tests. It could be an old cheap variety with a new name.
    Try to stay with varieties from the top 10 of the NTEP tests in your state, or nationally. At least ranked in the top 20.
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2013
  4. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
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    This is the pickseed premium available to me. I havent heard anything on these fescue varieties It's 57 per bag.

    39.92% Shortstop
    31.93% Airlie
    27.35% Starfire

    I'm thinking of going with a hemi, bullseye, and turbo blend at $60 per bag. I don't have many and will only need 25-30 bags of seed.
  5. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Correction..."Shortstop" was released in 2013...important advantage. Its a slower growing semi-dwarf variety, the roots may not be as deep. It looks excellent to me.

    Starfire has excellent resistance to brown patch--usually an important consideration.
  6. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
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    So of the two blends listed above which would be best? I hired to look up the ntep but it only went to 2011 from what I found.

    These lawns will see a lot of 90s from June-August. Many owners may not irrigate enough or at all.

    Most of my fescue lawns look rough come July and August. Those that aren't taken over by Bermuda can be cut every 2 weeks due to browned out turf.
  7. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    It is up to you to decide. I think Hemi, Turbo and Bullseye are impressive and in the top 20 of the most recent overall NTEP data I could find, 2007 to 2011.
    We seldom grow tall fescue in my state so I cannot advise you from personal experience.

    I have just arrived back in town after vacation--trying to catch up with the new posts.
  8. jc1

    jc1 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Hemi,bullseye and turbo.
    Seeding done sept 1 2012.
    This was mid July
    Grows short when we cut we only take about 2 inches off each week.nice and dark green also.

  9. foreplease

    foreplease LawnSite Silver Member
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    That lawn is a good and persuasive example, jc1. As Riggle said, tall fescues are not widely grown here. The ones I have seen are typically very old varieties that are durable but unattractive, nothing like your photo.
  10. jbturf

    jbturf LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Same here, but pic looks good no blue in there? So these new varieties listed are the new rhizomous type ttt?

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