Archive date: September 9, 2010
Seeds of Change
Transform your turf from ordinary to awesome
Cooler temperatures and more frequent rainfall make many of our thoughts turn to our turf. After a long, hot, dry summer, our lawns definitely show signs of stress. It is the time where the autumn ritual of over-seeding the lawn becomes front and center in our gardening consciousness.
In middle Tennessee, the dominant choice for grass is fescue. Tall fescue is the most important cool season grass in the United States. It provides the primary ground cover on some 35 million acres. It is a versatile perennial grass used for livestock forage, various turf purposes and for erosion control.
In 1931 Dr E.N. Fergus of the University of Kentucky visited the W.M Suiter Farm in Menifee County, Kentucky. While he was on the Suiter Farm, Dr Fergus observed a tall fescue growing on a mountainside pasture. Being impressed with what he saw, Fergus collected seed from the patch. Subsequently the collected seed was distributed and tested at several locations in Kentucky. The results from these test plots were promising and this led to the release of 'Kentucky 31' in 1943. Kentucky 31 Fescue is so-called due to the year of its discovery.
While Kentucky 31’s importance is undeniable in the landscape, its major drawback is the coarse texture of the foliage. More than thirty years ago, research and testing began in earnest on what we now know as turf-type fescues. Extensive and exhaustive trials have been conducted over the time since. These trials have resulted in a plethora of named varieties of turf-type fescues. That can get confusing.
As someone who has had the opportunity to use turf-type fescues since their inception, they have surely come a long way. Dramatic improvements in germination of seed, drought tolerance, fine texture foliage and overall turf quality have been achieved. So which one is the best? For me the choice is easy: Gold Standard Turf-type Fescue.
We have made a special purchase of Gold Standard Turf-type Fescue. We are offering the best turf seed at the best prices on sale now through October 31, 2010, the prime seeding season. 50# Bags of Gold Standard, regularly $94.99 on sale now for just $72.00! 25# bags of Gold Standard regularly $54.99 are on sale now for $44.50! We also have 50# bags of Gold Standard mixed with heat tolerant Bluegrass, regularly $179.99 now Sale priced for $144.50, for BatesRewards members only!
If seed’s not your thing, we also have stunning selections of Double Pink Knockout Roses in glorious full bloom with volume discounts! They are regularly $27.99 now just $19.99 for one; if you purchase 5, they are just 14.99 each; if you purchase 10 they are 12.99 each and last but not least if you buy 25, you pay only $9.99 each! We will move these out quickly so don’t delay, come in today and save! Special prices on Double Pink Knockout Roses extend through Thursday September 16 or while supplies last.
Get the jump on your lawn for fall…and plant a hedge of Double Pink Knockout Roses,