November 20, 2012

The ISU turf club did a major seeding project at Iowa State's Reiman Gardens this fall.  There were areas of the bluegrass on top of the play mounds and along the lake that were either warn by traffic or thinned by the drought.  They are trying turf-type tall fescue on these areas.  The seeding took place on August 30.  I have included some pictures of the seeded areas from November 17 showing the success that they had with establishment. 

I'll watch this area through next season and let you know how the turf-type tall fescues are doing on the site.

Figures 1 and 2.  Seeding around the lake on August 30.  The area had been sprayed with Roundup a few days before seeding.

Figures 3 and 4.  Seeding the top of the play mounds that get a lot of wear.


Figures  5 and 6.  Areas are coming in well on November 11.  The area around the lake is non-irrigated.  It will be interesting to see how the mounds hold up next season.


Nick Christians Professor

Nick Christians, Ph.D. – University professor of turfgrass management, Iowa State University, Department of Horticulture, Ames, IA, and adjunct faculty, Department of Agronomy, Iowa State University, Ames, IA. Dr. Christians received his B.S. from the Colorado State University ...