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Old 07-29-2002, 06:23 PM
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What is the best grass to reseed with? Our field is in a hot dry climate in summer, cool and wet in winter. Thank you
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You should contact the USGA (United States Golf Association) Turf grass research group. They are the only group that does nothing but study grass to find out just what you are asking. Most of our grass runways are cut to fairway or first cut rough heights. I sure that they would be a helpful resourse.

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http://www.usga.org/green/index.html
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Astro-Turf!
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Hmmmm.......I was gonna say surf & turf
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Surf and Turf is when you start to land but end up in that little stream that a lot of fields seem to have at the side of the runway!
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you could buy some seed that they use on golf courses .
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Some grass is more tolerant than others when it comes to
sun and heat but all grass needs water. If you don't have a
reliable watering schedule it may not matter what you put
down for seed


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In Oklahoma we use Bermuda grass. Likes heat and full sun and doesn't need a lot of water. Browns out and quits growing in the winter. We mow ours to 1 1/2 inches. Fertalize every other year is a good idea too. Keep the weeds out and you get a very thick and compact grass mat runway. Healthy Bermuda will crowd out weeds. The grass is tough to kill (at least here in Oklahoma). You might be able to get it from some local sod stores (assuming you have some) and sod an area rather than seed.

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You kiddin'?! Bermuda is a weed!

Seriously though, I loved that Bermuda grass when I lived up there in OKC, once you got it going, you couldn't kill it if you tried. You could scalp it down with lawn mower to the very ground and you won't hurt it. It'll gown on that tough clay-ey Okla. red dirt where no other grass will.

Down here in Houston, folks seem to like this St Augustine grass. I don't like it but I'll admit the rougher wider grass blade does make a tougher runway. My builder laid St Augustine on my front yard since that's what everybody else has, but I just let Bermuda spread all by itself on my backyard. I much prefer the feel of that soft Bermuda on my bare feet.
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In St Louis most of the golf courses have laid strips of Zoysia grass in the fairway. It is tough. Courses now want you drive the cart on the fairway and not rough. Zoysia is a creeping grass like the others mentioned. We have a asphalt runway at our RC field but I have often thought how nice a Zoysia runway would be. The grass surrounding our runway is still mostly crab although we have spent a lot of $ trying to get a hybrid fescue to take over.
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Thanks for the replies. Seems bermuda gets the votes.
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Around here, buffalo grass is very tough and drought resistant. Drawbacks are that it takes 1-2 years to fill and is somewhat expensive. It is the "choice" grass for the higher end landscapes.
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Here in NC we have had great success with the Burmuda. Used seed to get it started, with fertilizer and occasional watering from our irrigations system (feeding from a nearby creek), just stand back and watch it take over. Very smooth even when cut quite low. We have planes with as small as 2" wheels that have no problem witht the grass.
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