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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Jan 10, 2015 1:03 AM CST
I live in zone 7 and im looking for the best kind of grass. We get snow and ice in winter but in summer it gets sunny and hot and we sometimes get droughts. The lawn is a high traffic area and mowed frequently. We have zoyza grass but it turns brown and in winter looks dead and weeds grow in it easily. I also want the grass to help wildlife like anything that eats grass.

I was looking and perennial ryegrass is supposed to be great for what I need.
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Jan 10, 2015 7:29 AM CST
Have you looked at the Eco-lawn mixes? or the No Mow mixes?
Name: Sue
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sooby
Jan 10, 2015 10:50 AM CST
Did you check out the Suffolk County healthy lawns site, they list some suggestions for mixes recommended for overseeding that I assume should be appropriate for your area:

http://healthylawns.suffolkcountyny.gov/lawn/overseeding.htm

Are you looking to sod, seed from scratch (prepared bare seedbed) or overseed?
Name: Jude
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obliqua
Jan 10, 2015 12:02 PM CST
Here is some information from Mike McGrath, one time editor of organic gardening:

http://www.gardensalive.com/product/whats-the-deal-with-zoys...
Name: Keith
West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: United States of America Winter Sowing Plays in the sandbox Birds Native Plants and Wildflowers Tomato Heads
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keithp2012
Jan 10, 2015 4:55 PM CST
sooby said:Did you check out the Suffolk County healthy lawns site, they list some suggestions for mixes recommended for overseeding that I assume should be appropriate for your area:

http://healthylawns.suffolkcountyny.gov/lawn/overseeding.htm

Are you looking to sod, seed from scratch (prepared bare seedbed) or overseed?


I want to overseed
Name: Sue
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sooby
Jan 11, 2015 8:35 AM CST
The mixes on the Suffolk County site are for overseeding so personally I'd go with their recommendation. They do explain the drawbacks with perennial ryegrass, and I'd be inclined to avoid using only one grass species anyway. It's OK to include some as it functions as a "nursegrass", but I was taught for that use not to exceed 20% of the mixture.

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