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Inoz
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posted 17 May 2001 20:04           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just read an ad for Canada Green Grass. Sounds too good to be true. Supposedly it is drought resistant, stays green all year round even under snow, does not need fertilizer, etc. etc. Does anyone know what this is? Is it some kind of weed? or is it truly a hardy grass. I live in KS. Thanks

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wdrake
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posted 18 May 2001 03:58     Click Here to See the Profile for wdrake     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Too good to be true? Probably. I have no first hand information or experience, but have seen the same ads you have. I found the following comments this morning at:


http://www.ent.iastate.edu/ipm/hortnews/1996/3-15-1996/ads.html

"Canada Green Advertisement:
Amazing grass seed mixture guarantees you a lush, green lawn quickly and easily! Guaranteed to grow green, hardy and spread fast in just days in any climate. Developed in Canada where temperatures range from 20 F below to 100 F . Guaranteed to choke out crabgrass and unsightly weeds.

Fact: Canada Green is a poor quality grass seed mix that contains annual rye, Kentucky bluegrass, and red fescue. Annual ryegrass is a quick germinating, cool-season, annual grass. Use of annual ryegrass in seed mixtures is discouraged because its aggressive growth prevents the establishment of the more desirable perennial turfgrasses. Home gardeners can buy good quality turfgrass seed mixes at their local garden center for about half the cost of Canada Green."

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MC
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posted 28 March 2002 18:14           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had a new house built and I purchased Canada Green Grass last September. I had a muddy mess until I planted the Canada Grass and in about a week I had a plush deep green lawn. I have not used fertilizer at all and it is still plush and green and weed free. I live in Maryland where we get all four seasons. My neighbors and family members keep asking me where they can get the grass seed. When searching for a web site where they could buy it, I came across this site. I truly recommend this grass seed. The only drawback I have discovered is that it does not stop growing, so I have to mow my lawn literally all year round. However my new riding lawn mower solves that issue.

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wdrake
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posted 29 March 2002 07:20     Click Here to See the Profile for wdrake     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
MC;
Nice to know that (at least in your case) the advertising claims are true. Your report is so positive I wish the stuff would grow in the deep south. May try it anyway as I'm having poor results with warm season grasses. If you have the time, I'd be interested in a few follow-on "how's it going" reports over the summer.

Bill Drake
Niceville FL

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Marielle
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posted 21 April 2002 08:28           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I live in South Africa. I recently planted Canada Green Grass and it is growing really quickly. But just one question. I have been told from someone who also planted these seeds that the grass doesn't spread. At the moment the grass is just sticking straight up and there are lots of spaces. Will it actually spread.

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Joan
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posted 17 July 2002 19:09           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm willing to spend the money to try this Canada Green lawn. I just need to know if I can scatter it over my present lawn or do I have to do a lot of prep work. Thanks for your response.

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wdrake
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posted 18 July 2002 07:11     Click Here to See the Profile for wdrake     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Joan; you'll get better germination rate if you prep the soil or cover the seeds with new soil.

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DSurber
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posted 29 July 2002 18:03           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does this grass grow well in 50% shade?

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dotscom@webtv.net
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posted 06 September 2002 14:53           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Re: Canada Green Grass

We planted our front lawn with this seed last year and it now it is mostly dead after having taken a long time to grow. We live in the Texas Hill Country and followed all the instructions. It looked great when it came up and we had high hopes, but they went down the tubes this summer when we saw it dying out. Don't believe all the claims they say. I really think it depends on the climate where you live and the soil also as to how it will take. It is not for everyone

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joannajb
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posted 21 September 2002 21:03     Click Here to See the Profile for joannajb     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The little birdies seem to be liking the seed. Have any sugg's on how to keep them from eating all my bird seed I just bought?

Thanks!!

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Juzzab
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posted 23 September 2002 08:42           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello!

I have heard that if you criss cross strands of dark thread across your seeded patch, this will deter birds.
Hope this helps

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Hello Dolly
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posted 07 November 2002 14:56           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The composition of Canada Green Lawn Seed is 41.3% creeping red fescue
30.0% Kentucky bluegrass
25.0% annual ryegrass
2.7% inert matter
0.5% other crop seed
0.5% weed seed

Quick growing and green up. This is the type of mixture used by developers in housing areas, but requires resewing each season. Check with your local nursery for what is suitable for your area. You will find it less expensive and more durable in the long run.

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Wizard of Oz
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posted 07 May 2003 22:18           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
re: "To good to be true"... Actually - it is amazing stuff. I live in KS and I love the stuff. I ordered 6 bags last fall and seeded with 4 of them. I used the 2 additional bags this spring just prior to the rainy weeks of April. I did the front and side yard and they have not looked this good in three years. I'm ordering more this week to 'convert' the remainder of the yard based on the testing that I've done in the front and side yards. This stuff is awesome. The yard looks professional. I mow twice a week. Trim once a week. And it looks like I have a service doing it... Great buy.

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toneo
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posted 19 May 2003 15:51           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just purchased 3 bags of this seed for my back yard (new house so no other grass has been planted). Also I live in Phoenix so we'll see how it holds up to the Arizona heat. I'll make a second entry after I plant. wish me luck

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Loisann1
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posted 14 July 2003 15:13           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello....Just bought the grass seed, my lawn really has lots of weeds and I'm hoping this stuff will work....Thanks for all the testimonials and will let you know how I like it......

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AMC
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posted 17 August 2003 07:12           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Planted Canada Green this spring it looked beautiful, did not spread, left big gaps.
Summer came and no matter what we did, it dried up, and now has completely disappeared. We did have some exceptionally hot weather, I am in Oklahoma. Found this site looking for more info. Get the bags a little blurb on the bags, but no real information when you buy.

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nlaturftech
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posted 27 September 2003 16:23           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Doesn't anyone do any research? It is clearly stated what is in this seed mix. Creeping Red fescue does not tolerate heat well...bluegrass is not a good choice in areas subject to turf disease ( such as brown patch )...and why would anyone want to seed 25% of their lawn with a grass species that will die in less than one year ( "annual" rye )?!!! P.T. Barnum is proven right yet again.

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cnolans@cableaz.com
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posted 14 October 2003 16:44           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We live in Mesa and I'm thinking about buying some of this grass, how is it doing with the heat?

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Originally posted by toneo:
I just purchased 3 bags of this seed for my back yard (new house so no other grass has been planted). Also I live in Phoenix so we'll see how it holds up to the Arizona heat. I'll make a second entry after I plant. wish me luck

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toneo
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posted 09 December 2003 10:28           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This stuff came up in a matter of days and looks great. My only suggestion is to seed really heavily. My grasss came up beautifully, but thin. I'm buying more seed to lay down and thicken it up.

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C
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posted 30 January 2004 12:46           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am glad I found this site. After reading all the good and bad about canada grass, I'm not going to waste my money. I live in texas
and it sure wont live in this summer heat.

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TextronSaudi
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posted 20 February 2004 22:35     Click Here to See the Profile for TextronSaudi     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Okay, I'm in an area where the Summer is probably hotter than most of you guys get (except maybe AZ). But Rye is not an all-year-round solution in a climate where temperatures get above "warm" in the Summer (70-ish or more)

Some of my soccer-field customers out here use a late-fall overseeding with Annual Rye on the top of their Bermuda (we get soil temps in the 30s in Winter and the Bermuda goes dormant and brown) But by March, the Rye is dying off with the heat (fortunately the Bermuda is "coming back" by then)

You can also get "perennial" Rye, which would save having to re-seed every year but, unless you are in the Northern states, you should either use a Bermuda (or Paspalum etc) as a "main" grass, or have a Bermuda/Rye "cycle" if your temperatures are too cold for the Bermuda to stay green in the Winter.

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hugejay44
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posted 09 March 2004 19:28           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
toneo: Any more updates on the grass for high-heat climates such as AZ?

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central kansan
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posted 01 April 2004 18:39           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Are the year 2003 Canada Green folks from Kansas still pleased with their grass? I just bought a couple of bags before reading this site and now I am wondering if I should return it.

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mbeadle
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posted 17 April 2004 15:39           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by wdrake:
Joan; you'll get better germination rate if you prep the soil or cover the seeds with new soil.

does this canada grass seed really work or not. I live in Hawaii and I am looking for a fast growing grass that will choke out my weeds. Any sugg??

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AmericanVet
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posted 05 May 2004 22:09           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Canada Green has proved very well for me here in Roswell New Mexico cold is not a factor and it has done very well in the heat, but as for choking out CrabGrass nope doesnt work it stayed light green through our light winter last year, only one problem ive found is some patch work takes 2-3 time to get it going

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bryce@fsmail.co.uk
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posted 28 June 2004 15:57           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I live in the west coast of Scotland UK and have just bought this new Canada grass seed to try on my lawn which has gone patchy I thought i will give it a try and see what happens after all it is guarnteed, {no grow money back}I have read some of your testiomnials and see by them that canada green is using diffrent recipes for diffrent countries the one for here is 50%creeping red fescue-variety boreal {never heard of it} 25%perennial ryegrass-variety nui
and 25%smooth stalked meadow grass-variety balin, dont understand why they put annual ryegrass in some of their mixtures no good to anyone you need perennial grass seed for grass to constantly grow,no wonder it dies out after a season.by the way we in scotland get a lot of wet weather but in the last few years it has been hot and on days when the sun comes out it can be unbearable at times I think the ozone layer has a lot to do with the unusal weather we are expercing

kindest regards to everyone
From Bryce

Bryce@fsmail.net

PS will let you all know
how I get on with this grass seed.

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Meosity
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posted 30 June 2004 20:56           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have mixed feelings about the Canada Grass. Did lots of prep work and it came up but in patches. It needs to be planted very thick. I would go with Bermuda or St. Augustine depending on your area. However, St. Augstine is hard to find and you probably will have to buy it in plugs or sod. I live in Oklahoma. I still have patches of it in my yard but was unsatisfied with my results. Soil pH also plays a big part in how well it will grow.

Hope you all who will try it in the future have better luck than I did!

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Ihear4@aol.com
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posted 28 July 2004 07:32           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
bryce@fsmail.co.uk
I ALSO LIVE IN GB AND I WAS WONDERING HOW DID YOUR GRASS GROW? PART OF MY GARDEN IS RATHER SHADED BY AN EXTENSON AND A LARGE OAK TREE AT THE BOTTOM OF MY GARDEN. DOES THIS PRODUCT GROW IN THE SHADE?

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jcbahr
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posted 27 September 2004 18:51           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Has anyone had any success planting Canada Green grass seed in Florida??

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gride42
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posted 28 November 2004 12:46           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wanted a new lawn where there was none. I live in the High Desert of So.CA. The weather range is from 20 dergrees in winter and 105 in summer. I did a soil prep of adding bulk mulch to a sandy soil (that's what we have here),put down a local sod and broadcast the Canada Green on top of it. It came in noticeably great, stayed green year round and the only additional work was a pre-mixed seasonal fertilizer, broadcasted monthly. Lawn has looked great for two full years. I think you get out what you put in.

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dshadows
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posted 30 November 2004 10:06           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When do you suggest that you should put the seed down to get good quality out of it?

dshadows

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aw
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posted 14 February 2005 21:28           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just came across this site as I was doing some research...this is driving me crazy: just some info for those who seem incredulous as to why an annual grass seed would be put into a blend...it has a very very short germination rate, while the more favoured grasses need up to 30 days to germinate!!! The annual grass is in there for a temporary filler, and it's annual so that you eventually will not have it!!! It dies when your preferred species takes over!Makes sense, huh?

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HillTex
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posted 23 February 2005 08:52           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
AW---So I guess that means you are left with the fescue for all intents and purposes? Yes? Just received my first bag and noticed the contents and was disappointed it was not a true new seed, but put it out and will wait and see. Have so much wild perennial rye(seeded by mother nature)now what can it hurt. Will be interested to see how Arizona does with it.

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golferrc
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posted 21 March 2005 08:36           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I figure what the heck, I'll try it. Bermuda grass seems to be the best to use around here in Virginia Beach, VA, but I don't like the way it turns brown in the winter and prefer not to overseed with perennial rye. I just ordered this seed and am testing it in one section. I'm going to try some other mixes in another section and will report back on my success. We can have some cold winters and hot, but humid, summers. I will keep you posted as to how this seed fares in this area.

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Turfmiester
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posted 21 March 2005 20:42     Click Here to See the Profile for Turfmiester     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The label is the law. Read the label. Annual, Annual, Annual

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Anne
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posted 31 March 2005 13:45           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
my father is looking to grow grass in a shady area, does this grass work well in shade?

Thanks!

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NiceGrass
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posted 03 April 2005 00:48           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How good is Canada Green for South Africa Western Cape Province, Paarl area conditions? Any experiences and recommendations?

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NeedalawninVirginia
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posted 04 April 2005 19:41           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is it true that you can just throw this seed down, without any prep work? Anyone try this?

Also I would be really interested to know if anyone has had any luck with this Canada Green grass in Virginia. I am in central Virginia. Thanks!

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RonB
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posted 09 April 2005 15:25           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am having the same trouble that the person in Maryland had.

I planted Canada Green, actually overseeded the area, and then covered it with a quarter inch of super soil. The germination rate was not good. What came up was fine, but I am hoping it will spread because if it doesn't there are going to be lots of patches without grass.

I have ordered another four pound bag.

Please tell me I'm not a misled individual.

The grass seed is expensive, and the ground, even before I put on the super soil was excellent. We live in California, so the weather has been very good.

I also didn't use any kind of poison on the area. So far, about ten pounds of seed has covered about five hundred square feet, but the germination rate is not good. It's been a month since the planting.

It's going to have to spread, or I'm going to have to go get some seed at Home Depot.

I'm stumped.

RonB

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Crissux
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posted 13 April 2005 05:51           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was wondering about information of different mixes for different areas
where can be found the descriptions?
I'm From Estonia
On shopping TV there were some Canadian forever-green grass ads in the past but I didnít by then because I hadnít got garden jet
Now I cant find this Canada Green Grass Seed from store or some online-shop to deliver this to my country
Looking for more information I finally dropped here, can anybody give some leads like Where to keep looking ect

my contact on msn: just add @hotmail.com to my name

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