It might be a stretch to say the relationship between you and your turfgrass is like a marriage, but it should certainly be a long-term, mutually enjoyable relationship. So to make sure that you and your grass seed are a good match, here are a few things to consider before committing:
When SavATree arborists are recommending appropriate turf varieties to clients, we consult the National Turfgrass Evaluation Program (NTEP), a widely-respected research program that tests turfgrass species in forty U.S.
states and six Canadian provinces. In their evaluation data, we look for seed varieties
that are: disease resistant (especially against Dollar Spot, Red Thread, Leaf Spot, and Patch diseases); pest resistant (such as endophyte enhanced varieties that repel sucking and chewing insects like Chinch bugs); and
drought tolerant. We also seek strong aesthetic qualities, such as dense turf, with good color, that greens up early in the spring.
No matter the turf variety, all lawns benefit from vital fall services such as core aeration, core aeration with overseeding, and slice seeding – especially after the stresses of dry and hot summer conditions.
Ask your SavATree professional for advice on the services, and timing, that will most benefit the particular types of grass on your lawn.
Here are some new seed varieties that check off many or all of the must- haves on our list:
RYEGRASSES Sideways, SR 4650 Perennial Ryegrass and Zoom (combo) Dense, fine textured leaves and attractive color; drought tolerant
FINE FESCUES SR
5250 Strong Creeping Red Fescue, SR 5130 Chewings Fine Fescue Dark green color and moderately fine leaf; highly adaptable: grows well in sun and shade
BLUEGRASSES Arcadia, Fielder and Quantum Leap Kentucky Bluegrass Dark green, fine-textured; excellent resistance to diseases
Blackwatch, Rebound and Speedway Turf-Type Tall Fescue Fine textured, darker green leaf than other tall fescues; less mowing required
Chestnut Ridge, NY
Oak Park, IL
Andra S., Horticulturalist
Bryn Mawr, PA
April and Jim B.
Edina Country Club
Chester County Resident
Mortgage Professionals, Inc.
Silver Spring, MD
New Rochelle, NY
Gail S., Director
Historical Society of Princeton
Old Lyme, CT
J. Todd Lamm
NJ Tree Expert
Jeffrey H., Vassar College
Jerry and Sue F.
Pleasantville Country Club Corporation, Inc.
John K., Southbury, CT
West Hartford, CT
Kathleen G. Gallagher, Executive Director
The Charles Ives Center for the Arts
Briarcliff Manor, NY
Kimberly and Bruce W.
Cape Cod, MA
Kristin C., CPO
Evergreen Woods North
Kingswood Oxford School
West Hartford, CT
Asbury Park, NJ
Hyannis Port, MA
Dix Hills, NY
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Cortlandt Manor, NY
Great Neck, NY
Timothy J. Strano
Concord Country Club
Historic Hudson Valley, NY
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