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Seed selection for Lawn Renovation

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by DA Quality Lawn & YS, Aug 12, 2010.

  1. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,227

    Looking to slice overseed a lawn with known Necrotic Ring Spot issue. Want to introduce more fescues/per rye and improved KBG varieties. Do these choices sound appealing to you?

    1) 85% Creeping Red fescue, 15% KBG "Moonshine" mix from Reinders.

    2) 33% Creeping Red fescue, 33% Per Rye, 33% KBG "Shamrock" mix from JDL (park and rec mix)

    I know the critical constraint here is the KBG - I don't want to exacerbate the NRS problem by introducing weak cultivars of KBG.

    What do you think? If neither of these, ideas??
  2. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,115

    I think I would lean on a local university that does turf grass and see what they think or a local extension agent that sees issues in the field everyday

    every area is so different I like to lean on local knowledge with seed varieties, you are smart to introduce new varieties some varieties from just 5 years ago have been surpassed with others
  3. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,559

    I don't care for red fescue. Problem number two is that Kentucky bluegrass has a small seed and rather weak seedling--you may not get more than 10 percent "take" in an overseed situation. Ryegrass takes better, but it may not match your present grass. The only guaranteed method is to kill and strip sod--replace with top quality disease resistant sod. The chance of callbacks is greatly reduced.

    Or you can just replace the diseased spots with sod patch cut to match. Need sod lifter or sod cutting machine. Plus a big machette. Quick--easy.
  4. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Sow what grows well and try to not let the NRS bother, in the future.
  5. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Messages: 5,946

    I don't care for ryegrasses in general. Many of them "grow in clumps", and others get "rust". Regarding fine fescues (creeping, red, sheep, etc), some are okay, but many have issues during summer heat in sunny areas.

    Been seeing more & more lawns with "turf-type" tall fescue blended with KBG. I like it. My 2 cents worth
  6. OrganicsMaine

    OrganicsMaine LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 553

    For us here in Maine, the Per. Rye may only last 1 or two winters, so I treat that more as a quick cover. I have not seen a turf-type tall fescue blended with KBG, however, I am very curious about it. How well does it blend, and how does it look with a dark KBG like midnight? I am looking into creating my own blends, I have a local vendor that will blend what ever seed I want, and I have been trying to research the TTTF, of course most of the pictures that I can find aren't that great. FYI, most of my lawns are higher end with very picky clients so it will have to look good.
  7. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    For color and texture, I think your only option, is KBG. I personally, like the fine fescues, but the color is automatically lacking by comparison.
  8. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,227

    OK - what KBG cultivars have good resistance to NRS then? The last thing I want to do is sow KBG seed that is vulnerable to a known fungal issue, exacerbating the problem...
  9. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    I haven't bothered doing that kind of research. We haven't had fungal problems and I either get the popular KBG or the mixture of the 3.
    I prefer the mixture and my 'high end clients" are cool with it. Research the midnight KBG and see how it stands up to NRS.
    What cultural practices promote/reduce NRS?
  10. JoJo1990

    JoJo1990 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 244


    All the info you need right here. You can look up varieties resistant fungal and insect attack, among other things.

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