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I have seen ads for canada green grass seed. It talks about it's resistance to drought, and the fact that is a very hearty grass. Do you have any info on this grass seed?

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There really isn't a "Canada Green Grass Seed".  It's a mixture of grasses being advertised and sold as having wonderful qualities.  Here is an article from Iowa State University Extension on Plant Advertisment: Fact vs Fiction (click on this link http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/hortnews/1996/3-15-1996/ads.html )  The excerpt about Canada Grass states:

Fact: Canada Green is a poor quality grass seed mix that contains annual rye, Kentucky bluegrass, and red fescue. Annual ryegrass is a quick germinating, cool-season, annual grass. Use of annual ryegrass in seed mixtures is discouraged because its aggressive growth prevents the establishment of the more desirable perennial turfgrasses. Home gardeners can buy good quality turfgrass seed mixes at their local garden center for about half the cost of Canada Green.

If you are looking for turfgrass cultivars, go to our USU Publication Turfgrass Cultivars for Utah by clicking on this link
http://extension.usu.edu/htm/publications/file=5892.


This will go into some detail about how much irrigation and fertilization are required to maintain the different types of grasses.

Posted on 21 Nov 2008

Maggie Shao
Horticulture Agent, Salt Lake County

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