Grasses & Mixes

Grass Types

Warm Season Grasses

Centipede Grass:  This is a plush thick grass the looks & grows very much like St. Augustine. It can grow about 6 inches tall and has runners on top of ground. Gets thick enough to prevent weeds when completed and very drought tolerant. Does NOT like wet areas or to be over fertilized. Has problems where aerobic sewer systems spray grey water. Recommend a time-release fertilizer similar to Scott’s Turf Builder. For more info click here to download a pdf with more information about Centipede Grass or visit our Links page. 
 
Bermuda Grasses:  Needs 70 degrees to germinate and will germinate 24 hours a day when night time Temps reach 70 degrees and can be to mowing height in 3 weeks. If night time temps are below 70 degrees, it can take up to 6 weeks to get to mowing height. Leaving the “hull” on the seed can delay germination by 7 days or more. This is more beneficial in early spring & winter plantings.
 
  • Common Bermuda:  This is the old type we have always had. Blue-green in color. Used in pastures & low cost lawns. We use “unhulled” in Spring and Summer and we use “hulled” in Fall and winter. If not kept up with watering and mowing, ect. it will develop weeds and get thin over time.
  • Sahara Bermuda:  This was the “1st Generation” in research by the developing company. We can’t tell any difference between this and common. It is suppose to be more drought tolerant. WE DO NOT RECOMMEND PLANTING THIS VARIETY. (Pennington Seed)
  • Sultan Bermuda:  This is the first variety that we have found to be better than common. It is really a wonderful grass. It is visually thicker, Greener in color, has finer blades, and is more drought tolerant. This is the first Bermuda that is thick enough to keep out weeds. The grower of this variety says this is the 2nd Generation of their research. We have been planting this variety since 1998. This grass establishes very fast, and is often used on soccer fields and Fairways of golf courses. Makes a wonderful lawn. (Pennington Seed)
  • Princess Bermuda:  This variety is more visually thicker and much shorter than the Sultan is. Still as deep green and drought tolerant as Sultan. This grass could be used for a putting green; as thick or more so than “Tiff 419” sod. This is the 3rd Generation of research by the developing company. THIS grass is truly a marvel. Getting enough seed in production delayed it coming to market for several years. We first saw a sample of it back in 1997. We started planting this variety in 2001; customers seem to like it very much. This grass is one of the more expensive Bermudas. As we have found with this type of Bermuda, it is very slow to establish because it grows so slowly.  (Pennington Seed)
  • Black Jack Bermuda: This variety is visually thicker, greener in color, finer blades, more drought tolerant. Black Jack Bermuda is thick enough to keep out most weed species. . This grass establishes very fast, used on soccer fields and fairways of golf courses. Makes a wonderful lawn.

Cool Season Grasses

Annual Rye Grass:  Needs 40 degrees and up to germinate. Grows well in Winter and Spring. Can grow up to 4 ft tall if not mowed. Needs mowed twice a week during April and May. Dies when high temperatures reach 90 degrees and nights are 70 degrees. Will show suffering if not watered or no rain during Spring (this is mostly not a problem during spring, BUT will die if no rain and warm temps happen at the same time).
 
Perennial Rye:  Very beautiful and a deep green. Needs 50 degree temperatures to germinate. Grows only about 6 inches high, with very fine blades; BUT gets so thick it prevents other seeds to germinate. Dies or can go dormant after the 4th of July sometime and thick thatch  will still prevent weeds. Can reappear the next fall somewhat patchy. Great grass for naturalization or low cost erosion control. NOT good for home lawns, hard to get rid of completely.
 
Fescue Grass:  Very beautiful and a deep green. Needs 50 degree Temperatures to germinate. Will grow only about 10 inches high if not mowed. Needs to be planted September 15th though December 1st. When Winter temperatures drop our highs to mid 50’s and night time lows in the lower 40’s...it doesn’t germinate well. Grows fine in those temp’s if well rooted. It will survive our summers (with sprinkler system) until August. Because of the long lasting survivability and drought tolerance; this grass is an excellent companion nurse-crop to be mixed with Centipede Grass Seed during fall plantings. It is also a great grass for an area that is to be naturalized, erosion control (its long lasting survivability allows other grasses to come in before it dies...thus holding the soil) and no-mow areas (some cities will pay more for this on the sides of the road so their mowing cost will be down). Homeowners will enjoy not needing to mow as much as Annual Rye in spring.

Mixes

HandSeeding Seed: Consist of the same amount of seed and fertilizer as HydroMulching, but with no mulch or glues to hold in place. Spread with equipment pulling a drag to set the seed. This works on flat ground where not much chance of washing may occur. This will not be as complete as HydroMulching might be, but good enough for erosion control with a temporary grass like Rye grass. (No Warranty for washing)

HydroMulching Rye Seed Only: Consist of Rye seed, Fertilizer, Wood fiber Mulch, glues...put down with water, laying a seeding mat. {Wood fiber at a rate of 2,600# per acre} (Full Warranty – Rye will Germinate, Grow, and not move with rainfall).

HydroMulch Rye/Bermuda Seed: Consist of Rye seed, Bermuda seed,  Fertilizer, Wood fiber Mulch, glues...put down with water, laying a seeding mat. .{Wood fiber at a rate of 2,600# per acre} (Full Warranty on Rye only; will Germinate, Grow, and not move with rainfall. Bermuda will germinate in spring if conditions are right, but many times Spring temperatures will remain too cool for Bermuda to germinate and then overnight get too hot for Rye to survive; results are that the Bermuda has not germinated by the time the rye dies. It is also possible that weeds may mix in with Rye and still be there when the Rye dies to compete with the just germinated Bermuda.)
 

In Spring


HydroMulch Bermuda - Common & Improved: Consist of Common Bermuda seed, Fertilizer, Wood fiber Mulch, glues...put down with water, laying a seeding mat. {Wood fiber at a rate of 2,600# per acre} (Full Warranty – Bermuda will Germinate, Grow, and not move with rainfall).

HydroMulch Bermuda/Centipede Mix: This is the same as with the Bermuda mix above with the addition of Centipede Seed. The amount of seed added to the mix is up to the customer as to how fast he wants the Centipede to complete vs. the cost of the seed used.
 
  • Full Rate - (Completion in 2 years) would be at 2 pounds of coated seed or 1 pound of uncoated seed.
  • Half Rate - (Completion in 3 years) would be 1 pound of coated seed or 1/2 pound of uncoated seed.
  • Quarter Rate - (Completion in 4 years) would be 1/2 pound of coated seed or 1/4 pound of uncoated seed.
Erosion Control Mixes: There are many times in Erosion Control, that the type of grass planted is what will do best with the least amount of water to germinate, in combination with a nurse crop grass that germinates quickly to help hold the soil and moisture in that soil. The combination of grasses depends on the time of year and preferences of the customer.