SS6000 Shady Mixture
Certified SS6000 Mixture is our premium shade mixture.
It combines four superior shade tolerant fine fescues with a shade tolerant Kentucky bluegrass to produce beautiful turf under moderate shade conditions. SS6000 contains 20% each of Spartan II hard fescue, Zodiac chewings fescue, Navigator II creeping red fescue, Radar chewings fescue and Bewitched Kentucky bluegrass.
Fineleaf fescues (hard fescue, chewings fescue, and creeping red fescue) are adept at capturing scarce sunlight because of the geometry of their leaf blades. The needle-like blades do not shade each other, allowing for more sunlight exposure to the leaf surface where the plant converts sunlight into carbohydrates through photosynthesis. In contrast, the leaves of wider bladed species such as tall fescue, perennial rye, and bluegrass block out more sun and generally require at least 4 hours of direct sun daily to flourish.
Spartan II hard fescue. With fine leaf blades, rich green color and slow vertical growth it performed exceptionally well in shaded conditions in the National Turfgrass Evaluation Trial (NTEP) 2008 Fineleaf fescue trial.
Zodiac chewings fescue is one the highest ranked chewings fescue in the 2008 NTEP Trial. Zodiac contributes outstanding disease resistance to the SS6000 shade mix.
Radar chewings fescue Is the star of the 2008 NTEP Fineleaf Fescue trial (2009-13). With darker color, improved shade tolerance, and earlier spring green-up it is a worthy replacement for Intrigue chewings fescue in SS6000.
Navigator II creeping red fescue produces a very dark green fine bladed turf. Navigator II has excellent drought tolerance, which is always an issue where turfgrass competes with trees for moisture.
Bewitched Kentucky bluegrass sets SS6000 apart from other shady mixes. Although bluegrass is not known for shade tolerance, Bewitched is one of a handful of improved bluegrass varieties that performed well under shaded conditions at the Rutgers University trial in New Jersey. The advantage of bluegrass compared to fine fescue is the ability to spread and thicken-up over time. Where there is enough sunlight for Bewitched to persist, the turf will be thicker and denser. In the shadier areas Bewitched will fade away over time and the shade tolerant fine fescues will dominate.
Seeding Rate: 4 lbs./1,000 sq. feet
Overseeding rate: 2-4 lbs./1,000 sq. ft., depending on the condition of the turf