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We have compiled a little information on the best seed for Northern Indiana
Picking the right seed
The first step in choosing a seed is knowing what zone you are in. Look up your geographical region according to our zone map. The United States is split into 10 (sometimes 11) growing zones that serve as a guide to help gardeners discover which plants work best in their region.
The second step is to find the right grass for your region. Kentucky bluegrass and perennial ryegrass are cool-region grasses that thrive best in northern and midwest regions (zones 2-8). Bermuda grass, centipede grass and zoysia grass are good for warmer, southern regions (zones 8-11). Research characteristics of each of the remaining grasses, either by looking them up online or asking a lawn care specialist. Consider whether you prefer grass that is drought-tolerant, low-maintenance or fast-growing.
Learn the growing requirements for each of the remaining options. Kentucky bluegrass, for instance, needs full sunlight to thrive as a lawn grass. If your yard is shaded, choose the grass seed that requires less direct light to thrive. Consider where you will be using your grass seed. The front lawn often sees less foot traffic than the back lawn. You may wish to use two types of grasses, one for more ornamental purposes and one for durability. Hardy rye grasses are made to withstand lots of use, while Kentucky bluegrass is less traffic-tolerant.COMMON SEED TYPES FOR INDIANA
Grasses used in Northern Indiana are typically cool season grasses. Kentucky bluegrass, fine fescue, and perennial ryegrass are the most common. Kentucky bluegrass (Full Sun to Light Shade) This is by far the most popular species used in home lawns in northern Indiana, due to high quality appearance, hardiness, and recovery ability. Kentucky bluegrass spreads by rhizomes. Most cultivars of Kentucky bluegrass require moderate to high levels of maintenance (such as fertilizing, watering, etc.) to maintain high quality. Kentucky bluegrass prefers full sun, although a few cultivars have tolerance to light shade. Kentucky bluegrass is slow to establish by seed, and is also readily available as sod.
Fine fescues (Full Sun to Some Shade) A grass require less maintenance and many adapt to shade. The fine fescues include red and chewings fescues, sheep fescue, and hard fescue. Leaf width is narrow, and most are bunch-type grasses (red fescue has rhizomes). Wear tolerance (such as foot traffic) and recovery ability of fine fescues is fair. Maintenance levels are generally low, especially fertilizer needs, and fine fescues may decline in full sun when mowed frequently.
Perennial ryegrasses (Full Sun to Some Shade) Is a bunching cool season grasses that is compatible in appearance with bluegrass, this grass does not form thatch, has good heat tolerance and may be drought resistant. They tend to be disease prone and offer poor freezing tolerance if flooded or exposed to wind. Perennial ryegrasses is designed for full sun areas, but will tolerate some shade. Ryegrass is bred to give a pleasing dark green color, with a fine texture and excellent mowing qualities. Is also a very good choice for blends with Kentucky Bluegrass and Fine Fescue. (Full Sun to Shade)
Tall Fescue - The new turf-type tall fescues are excellent for warmer areas of Indiana and the southern area. While they take a little while to establish or recuperate since they are a clump-type grass, they are extremely wear resistant, drought, heat, and salt-tolerant; and moderately shade tolerant. Tall fescues have few disease problems and require less maintenance that other grasses. Kentucky bluegrass is the first grass to brown out in the summer and tall fescue is the last.
Warm-Season Grasses:Zoysiagrass NOT Recommend for northern climate and also has long dormant period leaving it brown long into spring.
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