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As to seeding, sprigging or sodding.
Much of the answer to this question is based on
economics. Seeding is often cheaper than both other methods.
Sodding is MOST expensive but you do have an almost INSTANT, weed
free, turf surface ready for play -- Seeding will generally take
anywhere from 2 months to 1-2 years depending on planting time,
species, weather, soils, management, location and other factors.
Sprigging is a choice between methods with establish time often
about the same as seeding. Hydroseeding is a relatively new
method that does offer some benefits. It generally is more
expensive than seeding because of the equipment and materials used
(mulch / etc).
COOL SEASON ZONES
Most Sports mixtures are a mix of these such as the premium
America Classic Blend, the Seedland
Mixture or the more economical
Pure Bluegrass and Ryegrass varieties are also used in single "mono"
Midnight is one of the top varieties. Newer varieties such
Best of Blues or
Galaxy Bluegrass Blends are also popular. Creeping
Bentgrasses are used for
tennis courts, lawn bowling, golf greens, and croquet.
In the transition zone Tall
Fescues are dominate species used. Some Bluegrass is
usually included in a mix to provide a repair ability. Tall
Fescue mixtures and Single species are also used extensively.
The Rebel Tall Fescue Blends and the Summer Lawn Plus Blend are
great for use on
sports fields. Cold tolerant Bermuda grasses (Yukon,
USALawns) are also used in this area with overseeding of these
grasses once established with Perennial Ryegrass.
are two of the newest "high-quality" seeded Bermudas. -- One
of the most popular of the seeded Bermuda Blends is the
Blend. Pennington's Triangle Blend is a blend of three
improved fairway quality turf types and is probably planted on more
acreage than any other sports fields in the south (other than common
and Sahara). For more economical plantings, where cost is the
primary factor... Sahara improved common bermuda is the leading
choice. Sahara is often available at close to the same price
as common bermuda, thus is a good choice in a low-imput seeded
Bermuda. Other excellent choices for seeded Bermudas for use
in recreation / high school athletic fields are
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