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Old 09-09-2011, 08:36 PM
 
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..in the triangle. Appreciate your inputs
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Old 09-09-2011, 08:45 PM
 
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If your lawn sees mostly sun, and you still want to go fescue...I can't recommend Kentucky 31 enough. It is the generic, not so great looking, fescue (not TTTF). However, when I was overseeding with TTTF, it would always die in the same spots, and my builder installed K31 would get crispy but bounce back.

If you have shade, and/or water regularly, look for any inexpensive TTTF. I bought mine from Southern States collective for about $20 for a 50# bag IIRC, and it was the drought tolerant version. About 1/3 the cost of the name brand stuff. Here is what it looks like:

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Old 09-10-2011, 06:59 PM
 
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When looking for a seed, look at the tag - do not buy anything with a significant inert or weed seed content. We use Lesco(John Deere Landscapes) Tall Transition Fescue blend, has almost none of the above, and is blended with three fescue blends that grow well in this region. Year after year we get fantastic results from it. It is much better than Kentucky 31, which has a high inert/weed content.

Just go to a John Deere Landscapes location, they are sure to have it.
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Old 09-10-2011, 08:00 PM
 
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I just picked up a 50lb bag of Falcon IV from Grand Rental Station in Cary for $54. It's 0.00% weed seed and 0.12% inert material. I've never used it before, but the price is definitely right, and from what I've read online it's good stuff.
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Old 09-11-2011, 06:10 AM
 
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I was really happy with Pennington. I used Scott's last year, and Pennington in an adjacent plot in the spring, and the difference is striking. Pennington seemed to have a finer blade, softer appearance, nicer green.
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Old 09-11-2011, 12:13 PM
 
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I just picked up a 50lb bag of Falcon IV from Grand Rental Station in Cary for $54. It's 0.00% weed seed and 0.12% inert material. I've never used it before, but the price is definitely right, and from what I've read online it's good stuff.
50# for $54 is a good price on any TTTF. That is a LOT of seed though!!!
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Old 09-11-2011, 07:16 PM
 
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I'm going to try this:

Fescue Grass & Hybrid Kentucky Bluegrass Mix

It is for zone 8.....but hell if we really have global warming we're probably more of a zone 8 instead of a zone 7.
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Old 09-12-2011, 10:29 AM
 
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I have a pretty shady backyard. Several years ago I planted a Wyatt-Quarles mix called "Shady Nook" that we bough at Burke Brothers. It has a mix of tall fescue, some Kentucky bluegrass, and some fine fescue. Despite the variety all the grasses it contains seem to grow pretty much the same speed so it looks good. It's done pretty well. Last year I didn't take good care of it, neglecting to fertilize, water, aerate, and left leaves on it too long in the fall. (We had a new baby, so sue me.) Needless to say it thinned out noticeably so I bought a 25# bag for $56 and overseeded yesterday.

We have a sunny side yard, and that is planted with Ky 31. Not the best looking but it does real well in sun and heat and does better than most grass even when not fertilized.
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Old 09-13-2011, 12:30 PM
 
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Family Home & Garden has something they call "Tri-Blend" which is a mix of 3 tall fescues that are tested for use here in the Triangle. I overseeded last year and got great coverage until the heat came in late june. Like everyone else, the grass got really stressed and most everything left was K31 and whatever fescue survived. I went back and am overseeding again today with Tri-Blend ($45 for 25 lb bag, $75 for 50lb)
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Old 09-13-2011, 03:17 PM
 
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Family Home & Garden has something they call "Tri-Blend" which is a mix of 3 tall fescues that are tested for use here in the Triangle. I overseeded last year and got great coverage until the heat came in late june. Like everyone else, the grass got really stressed and most everything left was K31 and whatever fescue survived. I went back and am overseeding again today with Tri-Blend ($45 for 25 lb bag, $75 for 50lb)
Go with Tri-Blend.
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