AgService Seeds develops leading turf grass products for virtually all conditions. Turf grass variety development has made major advances in the past 20 years, and the difference between newer varieties and old varieties is significant. AgService Seeds evaluates each variety for each product to determine performance will equal the highest expectations.

SEED PRODUCTS

Drought Buster

A premium turf-type tall fescue blend, Drought Buster is designed to produce an attractive turf with maximum drought and heat tolerance. Among turf-type cool-season grasses, tall fescue is known as having the best performance in situations where rainfall is minimal and/or irrigation is limited. However, even if sufficient water resources are available, Drought Buster allows homeowners and other turf managers to grow an attractive turf and conserve water. Additionally, tall fescue is a long-lived perennial that is very cold tolerant. Drought Buster can thrive in various soul types.

Formulation: 100% Elite Turf-type Tall Fescue Varieties

Use: Home Lawns, Parks and Sports Fields

Cold Tolerance (Low, Medium, High): High

Color (Light, Medium, Dark Green): Medium-Dark

Drought Tolerance (Low, Medium, High): High

Heat Tolerance (Low, Medium, High): High

Leaf Texture (Wide, Medium, Fine): Medium

Light Requirements (Dense Shade, Moderate Shade, Full Sun): Full Sun to Moderate Shade

Traffic Tolerance (Low, Medium, High): Medium to High

Seeding Rate: 7-10 lbs/1,000 sq. ft.

Seeding Time: Spring or Fall

Sport Lawn

Sport Lawn is formulated to maintain a highly attractive appearance under high traffic. This durable mix consists of premium turf-type perennial ryegrass and tall fescue varieties. The combination results in a compatible mix that provides soft texture, dark color, high mowing quality and durability under steady use. Sport Lawn can perform well in cool and warm seasons and has relatively low water requirements.

Formulation: 60% Elite Turf-type Perennial Ryegrass, 40% Elite Turf-type Tall Fescue

Use: Sports Fields, Parks, Playgrounds, Lawns

Color (Light, Medium, Dark Green): Medium to Dark

Cold Tolerance (Low, Medium, High): Medium

Drought Tolerance (Low, Medium, High): Medium to High

Heat Tolerance (Low, Medium, High): Medium to High

Leaf Texture (Wide, Medium, Fine): Fine to Medium

Light Requirements (Dense Shade, Moderate Shade, Full Sun): Full Sun to Moderate Shade

Traffic Tolerance (Low, Medium, High): Medium to High

Seeding Rate: 7-10 lbs/1,000 sq. ft.

Seeding Time: Spring or Fall

Perennial Ryegrass Blend

AgServices Seeds’ Perennial Ryegrass blend is a premium product designed for turf managers that desire a pristine appearance. With dark green color and fine leaves, many turf experts consider perennial ryegrass to be the most attractive of all turf grasses. While not as drought tolerant as tall fescue, the blend is still durable and performs well in various climates and soil types. In regions with intense summers, such as the desert Southwest and Southeast, the blend is often used to autumn overseed bermudagrass turf to provide an attractive winter appearance. In more moderate climates, it can be a permanent perennial turf option. A favorite of golf course superintendents, sports field managers, and homeowners, the blend can be used just about anywhere in the country.

Formulation: 100% Elite Turf-type Perennial Ryegrass Varieties

Use: Golf Courses, Sports Fields, Parks, Playgrounds, Lawns

Cold Tolerance (Low, Medium, High): Medium

Color (Light, Medium, Dark Green): Medium to Dark

Drought Tolerance (Low, Medium, High): Medium

Heat Tolerance (Low, Medium, High): Medium

Leaf Texture (Wide, Medium, Fine): Fine to Medium

Light Requirements (Dense Shade, Moderate Shade, Full Sun): Full Sun to Moderate Shade

Traffic Tolerance (Low, Medium, High): Medium

Seeding Rate: 7-10 lbs/1,000 sq. ft.

Seeding Time: Spring or Fall in Moderate Climates, Fall in the Southwest and Southeast

Sun & Shade

In many situations, especially in lawns and parks, trees create shaded areas throughout the turf stand. Many turf products cannot perform well in both full sun and dense shade, resulting in poor performing areas of the stand. Sun & Shade is designed to perform equally well in areas of full sun or areas that receive as little as 3 hours of direct sunlight per day. Including elite perennial ryegrass varieties and fine fescue varieties, the mix can be exceptionally dark green and very soft. A relatively low maintenance mix, it often requires less fertilizer than other turf products.

Formulation: 50% Elite Turf-type Perennial Ryegrass, 50% Elite Turf-type Fine Fescue Varieties

Use: Lawns, Parks, Playgrounds

Cold Tolerance (Low, Medium, High): Medium to High

Color (Light, Medium, Dark Green): Dark

Drought Tolerance (Low, Medium, High): Medium

Heat Tolerance (Low, Medium, High): Medium

Leaf Texture (Wide, Medium, Fine): Fine

Light Requirements (Dense Shade, Moderate Shade, Full Sun): Full Sun to Dense Shade

Traffic Tolerance (Low, Medium, High): Medium

Seeding Rate: 7-10 lbs/1,000 sq. ft.

Seeding Time: Spring or Fall

Rapid Turf

Occasionally, quick turf repair or establishment is necessary for erosion control or to improve damage in a turf stand. Rapid Turf is designed to provide very quick germination and establishment. Consisting mostly of turf-type annual ryegrass (a relatively new category of turf grass), Rapid Turf can germinate in a matter of days and provide an attractive turf within weeks. As an annual, it can be planted throughout much of the year and produce the desired results in various soils and various climates. Rapid Turf can also be used for autumn overseeding of warm-season turf stands.

Formulation: 90% Elite Turf-type Annual Ryegrass, 10% Elite Turf-type Perennial Ryegrass

Use: Lawns, Parks, Playgrounds, Sports Fields, Construction Sites

Cold Tolerance (Low, Medium, High): Medium

Color (Light, Medium, Dark Green): Medium

Drought Tolerance (Low, Medium, High): Medium to High

Heat Tolerance (Low, Medium, High): Medium

Leaf Texture (Wide, Medium, Fine): Medium to Wide

Light Requirements (Dense Shade, Moderate Shade, Full Sun): Full Sun to Dense Shade

Traffic Tolerance (Low, Medium, High): High

Seeding Rate: 7-10 lbs/1,000 sq. ft.

Seeding Time: Spring, Summer or Fall

Economy Landscape

A mix of premium annual and perennial turf-type ryegrasses, Economy Landscape can produce a quality turf for limited-budget projects or when quick establishment is needed. The annual ryegrass will usually establish very quickly, providing ground cover, while the perennial ryegrass more slowly fills in the stand. Although 50% of the mix is annual ryegrass, the remaining perennial can maintain a relatively dense stand for years, especially with some light overseeding in subsequent years. Economy Landscape is also suitable for overseeding warm-season turf stands.

Formulation: 50% Elite Turf-type Perennial Ryegrass, 50% Elite Turf-type Fine Fescue Varieties

Use: Lawns, Parks, Sports Fields, Playgrounds, Construction Sites

Cold Tolerance (Low, Medium, High): Medium

Color (Light, Medium, Dark Green): Medium

Drought Tolerance (Low, Medium, High): Medium

Heat Tolerance (Low, Medium, High): Medium

Leaf Texture (Wide, Medium, Fine): Medium

Light Requirements (Dense Shade, Moderate Shade, Full Sun): Full Sun to Moderate Shade

Traffic Tolerance (Low, Medium, High): Medium to High

Seeding Rate: 7-10 lbs/1,000 sq. ft.

Seeding Time: Spring or Fall

All Natural Lawn Repair Kit

The need to repair sections of a lawn is common, but there are usually numerous steps in the process. All Natural Lawn Repair Kit is a mix of everything needed for healthy seed germination, and it is mixed into a single-step application process that does not require any chemicals, synthetic fertilizer or extensive ground preparation. With fine mulch and all-natural fertilizer mixed with the seed, simply spread the product on the soil surface and, if possible, gently compact the mixture. Add water, and the area should soon look lush and attractive.

Some species are inherently better under certain conditions. Those conditions may include sunlight requirementstraffic tolerance and some weather/climate tolerances. The research and development that has produced the latest varieties, and varieties that will be released in the future, covers those criteria and many other criteria. Areas of major improvement include:

Cold Tolerance

Most new varieties of cool-season (and some warm-season) turf grasses include selective breeding for better cold tolerance. Improved winter hardiness can result in better stand survival, which produces a healthier, longer-lived turf stand. In addition, increased tolerances can improve turf appearance for a longer portion of year in cooler climates.

Color

In the never-ending pursuit to develop more attractive turf stands, plant breeders are constantly trying to improve the color of turf grass varieties. Most people desire a dark green appearance. However, many common turf grass species were originally lighter green. There has been major improvements in color.

Disease Resistance

One area of testing most new varieties undergo is resistance to common turf diseases. Along with weather extremes, diseases are most likely the greatest threat to stand expiration. Therefore, plant breeders are constantly trying to improve turf grass disease resistance so the stand will be healthier and last longer.

Drought Tolerance

With increased water concerns and shortages around the world, improving the drought tolerance (or minimum water requirements) of turf grass is a major area of focus for most species/varieties. Many of the newer varieties can thrive under low watering rates that will not adequately supported old varieties.

Mowing Quality

The way one turf grass species or variety responds to cutting/mowing can be much different than another. Does the leaf cut cleanly or does it tear? Does the plant grow evenly after mowing? Do plants show brown discoloration of the cut edges? These questions and more go into determining how well a variety looks and reacts after being cut, and researchers continue to improve this feature.

Texture

Another thing important aspect, especially to homeowners, is the texture of the lawn. Developing softer leaf texture is area of emphasis among plant breeders. Today’s premium turf grass varieties feel completely different than old varieties.

Other characteristics are considered when developing new varieties, such as lower-growing varieties that require less mowing. In summary, the research and development process for new turf grass products is complex and newer varieties look, feel, and perform much different than older varieties.   Premium turf grass varieties are often more expensive than older varieties. However, don’t let the initial price of the product deter you from selecting the higher-quality product. The better-quality turf grass mix will often be much cheaper in the long run. For example, older varieties may look satisfactory at first, but then stress from disease and weather conditions cause the stand to thin more quickly. As a result, the stand looks less attractive and requires overseeding, more fertilizer and possibly pesticides to repair it. The stand continues to thin as it ages and requires more word and money to maintain an attractive appearance. The maintenance process is never ending. High quality turf grass products, such as those designed by AgService Seeds, are more attractive from the beginning and are more persistent under disease and weather events. As a result, the stand remains thick and green for a longer period of time with less maintenance and often less water requirements.