101 Lawncare

Cool season lawns are coming back to life in the fall.  September is a great time to renovate and reseed your tall fescue lawn.  Fertilize and lime existing lawns to help your grass grow deep roots for the coming year. We have plenty of fertilizers, lime, and seed in stock. 

We stock Kentucky 31 Tall Fescue grass seed, Winning Colors turf-blend, Carolina All Purpose Blend, Creeping Red Fescue, and Kentucky 32 Tall Fescue (Endophyte Free).

Kentucky 31 Tall Fescue is a vigorous, fast growing course variety, well adapted for lawns in the Southeast.  Resents close clipping - cut at 2 1/2 to 3 inches.  Adapted to all soils except deep sand.  Sow 6 to 10 10 lbs per 1,000 sq.ft. for lawns.

Carolina All Purpose Blend was developed by Wyatt-Quarles Seed Co.  This blend is ideal for lawns in the mid-Southeast.  Featuring grasses most suited to the clilmate, soils, semi-shade, etc. of our area.  The finest seeds of these varieties are carefully selected, tested saparately and then blended into Carolina All Purpose Blend.  Sow 5 lbs. per 1,000 sq.ft.  

Creeping Red Fescue is a shade and drought tolerant variety that should be in semi-shade or shady lawns.  The very fine leaves and dark green color improves the appearance of the lawn.  Like other sade tolerant cool weather grasses, this variety does not tolerate clippping below 2 to 3 inches until well established.  Sow 6 to 8 lbs. per 1,000 sq.ft.

Winning Colors tall turf fescue is an great choice of grass for cool-season applications. It holds up well under southern heat, drought and it is disease resistant (including brown patch.) Winning Colors has excellent density, texture and dark green color. Winning Colors a winning combination of better varieties to yield better turf, producing excellent color, overall disease resistance, brown patch resistance, mowability, drought resistance and heat tolerance. Winning Colors, the blend that is all top rated varieties.

Advantages & Characteristics

  • Fine, small leaf, soft textured turf
  • Tight growth habit
  • Well suited for homes, golf courses, parks, sports fields
  • Performs well in hot, humid climates
  • Moderate to good shade tolerance

Kentucky 32 Tall Fescue Endophyte Free There are many varieties of forage and turf type tall fescue that contain the endophyte fungus, which produces toxic alkaloids that are detrimental to livestock. Kentucy 32 is endophyte free. Tested by the Oregon Department of Agriculture for endophyte infection, Kentucky 32 comes with an official "Green Tag". 

Endophyte free Kentucky 32 will solve the problems associated with grazing highly infected K-31 tall fescue pastures, such as lower foal weights, lower live births, longer gestation periods, more retained placentas, and low or no milk production from your equine mares. Toxic endophytes causes fescue foot, bovine fat necrosis, and fescue toxicity in cattle. Established pastures and hay fields with endophyte free Kentucky 32 will alleviate those problems. Grazing times will increase, and milk production will increase, resulting in greater profitability for your livestock operation. 

Persistent With horses, pawing, pugging, and high traffic in areas such as fence lines, corners, gates, and stall doorways will always thin grass stands. It is always recommended to overseed Kentucky 32 into these areas on an annual basis to keep a dense grass sward to help eliminate broadleaf and grassy weed infestations. Rotational grazing will keep fresh, palatable pasture available throughout the grazing season. 

Planting It is highly recommended that when establishing a Kentucky 32 pasture, care is given to completely eradicate the old stand of grass, as this may contain fescue varieties that are infected with endophytes. Consult your local chemical company for recommendations on taking out the old stands. This may include a non-selective herbicide like glyphosate, a summer fallow program, or some combination of methods. All grass must be killed and remnant seed in the soil should be sprouted and killed to ensure a clean seedbed.   

A seeding rate of 25 to 30 pounds per acre will be adequate. A clean, fine, firm seedbed will be optimum for success in establishing a new pasture. Seed should be drilled no deeper than one half inch. Seed can also be broadcasted, then harrowed in. Always roll to compact and guarantee a good seed/soil contact. A good starter fertilizer, and possibly lime to correct acidity, should be applied before planting. Consult your extension agent or local fertilizer company for specific recommendations and soil testing. 

Kentucky 32 can be either fall or spring planted when weather is mild and moist. If available, irrigation will help guarantee success. Cattle or horses should not graze pastures in wet, snowy, or frozen conditions as this will reduce stand life.