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Q: Difference in lawn types ( Answered,   1 Comment )
Subject: Difference in lawn types
Category: Family and Home > Gardening
Asked by: timtitus-ga
List Price: $25.00
Posted: 12 Apr 2006 08:53 PDT
Expires: 12 May 2006 08:53 PDT
Question ID: 718180
I have a bid from a landscaper who wants to replace our lawn with
Dwarf Fescue Sod lawn.

I have no information about wether this is a good or bad type of sod
(or just the cheapest the landscaper could get).

How do I determine what is the best type of lawn for my area (Silicon valley, CA)?

What other types of sod would work better/worse?  More expensive/less expensive?
Subject: Re: Difference in lawn types
Answered By: belindalevez-ga on 01 May 2006 03:32 PDT
<The Lawn Institute is a nationally recognised authority on lawns.

How to select the best grass for Northern lawns.
This report describes the different types of lawns available and the
circumstances in which they are best used.

The following grasses are suitable:
Kentucky bluegrass, fine fescue, perennial ryegrass, and turf type
tall fescues varieties.
There are several grasses that are called fine fescue. The most widely
used is creeping red fescue. Its shade and drought tolerance makes it
a popular variety in northern seed mixtures. Chewings fescue also is a
fine fescue with good drought tolerance and is frequently used in
mixtures. Neither of these grasses are routinely seeded alone, but
generally used with Kentucky bluegrass.

Price comparison of other varieties. 

These prices and descriptions are from Will?s Estate Maintenance ?
Southern California?s largest online nursery.

Dwarf Fescue Sod is one of the cheapest grasses.

Dwarf Fescue Sod 
$0.35 per square foot
Sun Exposure: Sun or Shade 
Watering: Moderate 
Growing Seasons: Year Round 
Dormancy: Is Not Dormant in the Winter 
Growth Rate: Medium-Slow

Tall Fescue 
$0.37 per square foot.;jsessionid=ac112b1b1f43cfa6b80d5ef94186aabcc8d60bd8976c.e3eTaxmKbNaNe34Ta38Mb3uLbNf0n6jAmljGr5XDqQLvpAe?sc=2&category=5&it=A&id=1223

Tall Fescue/Bluegrass Blend Sod
$0.35 per square foot

Marathon II
$0.40 per square foot
Marathon II is our most advanced dwarf tall fescue. It retains the
excellent durability of the species while enhancing its beauty.
Marathon II can be mowed shorter, has greater density, and slightly
narrower leaves, resulting in a more compact carpet-like appearance.
The growth rate is somewhat slower, particularly in winter. Marathon
II contains Encore, which is a proprietary variety developed
exclusively for Southland Sod Farms and the Southern California market
area. It is a second generation dwarf (sometimes termed ``double
dwarf"). Primary selection criteria were short mature growth, compact
dense crown, dark color, disease resistance, and leaf texture.

Marathon Lite
$0.44 per square foot.
Evergreen. Marathon Lite is a hydroponically grown soil-less tall
fescue sod. It weighs slightly more than half as much as field-grown
sod and the pieces are approximately 60% larger (2 ft. x 4 ft.). It
starts as a mixture of seed, composted green waste, and bark chips
spread about 1/2 inch thick on a plastic barrier sheet. As the sod
grows, the roots are forced laterally by the barrier to form a
naturally interwoven mat. When mature, the sod is simply cut into
sections and lifted off the plastic sheet. All of the roots remain
intact, thereby avoiding any harvest set-back.

Because the sod is grown hydroponically, we are able to control the
growth media, water, and nutrients very precisely to achieve optimum
levels. This ideal environment results in a much higher plant density
than field-grown sod production. The effect is to significantly
enhance the sod's beauty by creating a much denser, lower,
finer-textured appearance, even though the variety (Hubbard 87 Baja)
is the same used in Marathon field-grown sod.>

<Search strategy:>

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<Hope this helps.>
Subject: Re: Difference in lawn types
From: mdgardengirl-ga on 21 Apr 2006 12:42 PDT
I am not sure about sod, but the best grass seed I have found is from
a local nursery - it is called Black Beauty. I believe that it is a
tall fescue. Their website,, has great information
about lawn care. I have followed their lawn care program - both spring
and fall, for about 2 years and I have the greenest lawn of any of my

Good luck!

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