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What type of grass do you have?

Posted by rudysmallfry z6/CT (My Page) on
Fri, Jul 1, 05 at 20:28

Sort of a gardening question I suppose. I'll be starting a lawn from scratch this fall. I'm about 1000 ft off LI Sound. I'm curious if there are some types of grass that do better than others where the soil has a higher salt content. I'm thinking some type of fine fescue, but am open to suggestions. I'm looking for something that stands up nice and tall with fine blades. The area gets full sun. Since I'm in CT, I've got lots of rocks not so far below the surface, so a grass that doesn't need an extremely deep root system to thrive would be good.


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RE: What type of grass do you have?

  • Posted by Claire z6b MA Coastal (My Page) on
    Sat, Jul 2, 05 at 10:09

I'm also in the process of starting new lawns by the coast. I was told that the "Cape Cod mix", which is mostly a mixture of fescues, would be best. Runner up was URI #2.

My local Agway no longer carries the Cape Cod mix and said it had been discontinued by their supplier. I don't know if other places carry it. Since I had to get some grass started ASAP last month, I used URI#2, which is recommended for sun or shade and is supposedly drought tolerant. So far, so good.

The mixture of fescues seems to be the way to go, so I'll overseed if I can find some. I also threw in some white clover seed just because I like it.

Claire

Here is a link that might be useful: Greenscapes Lawn Info


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RE: What type of grass do you have?

  • Posted by clfo z7 with luck (My Page) on
    Mon, Jul 4, 05 at 19:51

Cape Cod Mix isn't the best for fall planting because it is high in annual rye, which is fine for filling in if you are spring planting, but will die quickly in the first very hard frost.

You might want to consult the website of the National Turfgrass Evaluation Program - they test and evaluate grasses for color, density and climate, not to mention pest and traffic tolerance.

Here is a link that might be useful: National Turfgrass Evaluation Program


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RE: What type of grass do you have?

  • Posted by Claire z6b MA Coastal (My Page) on
    Mon, Jul 4, 05 at 20:45

The Cape Cod mix is 20% perennial rye, not annual rye, so it should be fine for fall planting. The rest of the mix is 60% improved tall fescue, 10% Bornito hard fescue, and 10% Jamestown Chewings fescue.

You can download the MNLA product catalog (PDF file) showing the composition of different grass seed mixes at the attached site.

Claire

Here is a link that might be useful: MNLA catalog


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RE: What type of grass do you have?

I've got to be honest. Crabgrass and "wild" strawberry. I just stopped caring for the lawn and also garden organically which makes it more difficult but I have a beautiful lush green lawn with yellow "strawberry" flowers in spring.


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