Why choose our seed?
Plant breeders produce improved varieties, improved varieties produce a better lawn.
The certified seed varieties, mixtures, and blends we sell are your assurance of a superior lawn that will beautify your property for years and years to come.
Through the science of conventional plant breeding, turfgrass breeders select individual grass plants for quality, color, density, resistance to diseases and insects, tolerance to heat, cold and much more.
After years of selection and natural cross breeding of the strongest and most attractive plants, the new seed variety is examined by two independent expert panels to verify 1) uniformity, 2) uniqueness, 3) stability, and 4) eligibility for seed certification.
Remember, inferior turfgrass seed will never produce a superior lawn no matter how much time, effort and money you invest after planting.
Roots and Shoots
The most important thing you can do for your cool-season turfgrass in November is grow roots two ways:
First, feed your turf during the one week period in November when the leaf blades stop growing but are still green. This is the most important week of the year for your roots.
The optimum soil temperature for root growth is lower than the optimum temperature for shoot growth, therefore roots keep growing after shoots stop growing. Since the leaf blades are still green, photosynthesis is occurring and the plant is producing starch, which is stored in the still-growing roots.
Normally, after about a week, the soil temperature drops below the root growing range and the plant goes dormant. You can tell that when the leaf blades lose most of their green color, indicating the cessation of photosynthesis and plant growth until the following spring.
If you applied our slow release Turf Maximizer fertilizer in mid-October you will be feeding your lawn during this critical root generation period. If you missed your mid-October Turf Maximizer application it's not too late to grow roots!
Go buy some cheap fertilizer loaded with fast release nitrogen (the first number) and some potassium (the third number) and apply it the week before Thanksgiving. 30-0-10 is a common analysis for a winterizer type fertilizer. The cheaper the better because price is an indication of inexpensive urea nitrogen that will release quickly to feed the roots. Just be extra careful to not spill it, as urea has a very high burn potential.
The second way to grow extra roots is to raise the height of cut on your lawn mower. Roots are a mirror image of shoots, so tall grass shoots are an indication of deep roots. Conversely, a closely cut lawn will have shallow roots. I raise the height of cut on my Husqvarna walk-behind mower in late October from 3 to 7 on a 1-8 scale where 8 is the highest cut.