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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-05-2012, 03:44 PM Thread Starter
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Grass seed suggestion

Well this winters been brutal on the back yard with the dogs. Any one have any suggestions on a grass seed that handle heavy dog traffic lol.
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As soon as you find one, let me know. I've given up on the backyard having a good grass cover. lol
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That's so what I was afraid every one was going to say lol
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I don't know about Michigan but in Georgia I have always had good luck with a brand called Southern Gold.
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Because climate is so regional, there isn't an answer that works for all. In KC, the best ones are Macho mix and Overtime. Overtime is what they use for the football fields in our area.

Go to a nursery that has a good selection of seed (Not a big box store) and ask what they recommend, taking into account the traffic, possible shade and/or areas where water tends to gather. I would also apply at a rate for bare dirt, not overseed rate.Tell them you need the toughest, highest traffic mix they carry, and let them know whether you plan on watering or not, since different blends require different amounts of water.

It may not last all year but at least it will last longer. Good luck!
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It definitely has been an awful winter for my back yard in Grand Rapids, MI as well. Too much melted snow.
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Well this winters been brutal on the back yard with the dogs. Any one have any suggestions on a grass seed that handle heavy dog traffic lol.
same for MD. I roped off high trafic area...my one shep likes to run in the same path around the house.
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Do you have much of a choice in Michigan? Aren't you limited to Fescue and KY Bluegrass?

I like fescue because the roots go deep. If I fence off a bald spot soon enough, it will grow back.

Bluegrass is also good at repairing itself. It will fill in with rhizomes, where fescue will not. That is why you will often fine the two types of grass combined. However, bluegrass is not as shade or drought tolerant.

But the best type of grass for dogs, is artificial!
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Same problem in Houston. Just re-sodded half of the back yard. Liesl's puppy antics, digging, peeing, etc. killed it all last year.

She has calmed down significantly now, and we are training her not to dig holes. I think the sod will work, but I view it kind of like owning a golf course--you'll have to watch it on a daily basis, fertilize, water, and fix holes asap.

We never could get a good cover from seed because it took too long to grow and was too thin when it did. So, I recommend you try Augustine sod.

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Thank you all for the suggestion.
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