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Ornamental and No Mow Lawn grasses

Posted by hemnancy z8 PNW (My Page) on
Wed, Oct 23, 13 at 22:43

I think it's getting a little late in fall to sow these, but what do you think about sowing the No Mow Lawn grasses from Prairie Nursery at this point? The saleswoman I talked to there thought I could but the temps are supposed to stay above 55*F for a month and I don't know that I can hope for that.

I'm also interested in growing Sporobolus heterolepis - Prairie Dropseed, and Bouteloua curtipendula - Sideoats Grama. I'm not sure if they actually would do well here, and also if it is too late in the fall to sow them outdoors as well. I could wait until after frost so they would stay dormant until spring, or try winter-sowing some in containers, or start some by planting them in pots then chilling them a couple of months in the refrigerator. Any opinions or experience?

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RE: Ornamental and No Mow Lawn grasses

i have had bad luck establishing lawns from seed this late. the lower temperatures lead to bad germination.

in my experience, mid to late september is best, although you have to be on top of watering.

before ordering your seed, you might want to try giving sunmark seeds a call. they have a lot of interesting alternative lawn mixes that are formulated for the northwest.

prairie nursery does not share what seed is actually IN their mix. which sort of bugs me.

Here is a link that might be useful: sunmark seeds

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