What is Canadian Grass?

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What is Canadian Grass?
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Grass is among one of the planet's most versatile life forms and has been around since the dawn of time. Dinosaurs fed on much the same form of grasses that we still see today. Because of grasses versatility and ability to combine with other forms of grasslike plants, it has taken on a variety of breeds and seed combinations. These combinations are used in controlled turf grasses today. Canada Green Grass is a variety of green turf grass from Canada that came onto the market in the mid 1990s. It is a grass that promises to be sustainable in any climate, growing quickly and maintaining a thick green look all year round.

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Identification

Canada green grass is a quick-growing lawn grass seed that was developed in Canada. While the composition may vary for different countries, the basic mixture is composed of 41.3 per cent creeping red fescue, 30 per cent Kentucky bluegrass, 25 per cent annual ryegrass, 2.7 per cent inert matter, and 1 per cent of other crop and weed seeds. Creeping red fescue is a typical grass for transition and cold months. Kentucky bluegrass is a spring and summer grass that is native to Northern Europe. Annual ryegrass is a quick germinating and temporary ground cover. What's unique about Canada Green is that it germinates very quickly, in as fast as 10 days and usually no longer than 14 days. That is not typical for most perennial grass seeds.

Function

Canada green grass, like all grass seed, is a mixture of several different types of grass that are combined to create the best look and most convenient to maintain lawn. Canada green grass seed was developed to be sowed in spring, germinate and spread rapidly. These grasses come up green much faster than traditional perennial turf grass. This type of grass mixture was created to withstand extreme climates, including drought, snow, and extreme heat. It lasts all year long. Canada green grass seed is a hardy grass, able to withstand typical lawn problems like crabgrass and weeds, as well as heavy foot traffic.

Features

What makes Canadian green grass unique from other turf grasses is its composition, which includes large portions of ryegrass seed and small amounts of weed seed. Many grass growers tend to shy away from these due to their aggressive nature. The use of these elements in the composition of the grass seed helps Canada Green to grow and thicken quickly, while repairing bare spots and fighting other aggressive plants like crabgrass and weeds. Ryegrass grows very quickly. It help lawn keepers to avoid the imminent bald spots that form when birds eat the seeds before they can germinate. The unique composition and use of several types of differing season grass seeds helps to make Canada Green keep in a variety of climates. The combination of Kentucky bluegrass and creeping red fescue are used to make the lawn thicker and piggyback each other's seasons to keep the grass green year round.

Warning

While Canada green grass promises to be quick-growing, low-maintenance and tolerant through all four seasons, most of the claims are part of a basic marketing strategy. While Canada green grass has its supporters, it also has its fair share of opponents who claim that the grass grows thin and leaves gaps. Using small portions of weed seed in the mixture, it promises to choke out crabgrass and spread quickly. However, this makes maintenance difficult due to its erratic and rapid growth. Annual ryegrass, which makes up 25 per cent of the mixture, is an aggressive, quick germinating and cool-season grass that can permanently disable future lawn seeding. While the grass seed was developed in Canada and claims to withstand all climates and temperatures, it has had little support from growers living in extreme hot and cold climates. Canada Green is also very expensive. In fact, perennial turf grass can be purchased for half the cost of Canada Green.

Considerations

For best results, you should plant Canada green grass seed on a clean palate. This means that you need to prepare the lawn for planting. Before seeding, rake the top soil. This will give you a loose layer for planting. Using a spreader, sprinkle the seeds generously over your lawn pattern. Canada green grass tends to grow in thinly, so seed more thickly than you do for other perennial grasses. You do not need to use topsoil, but it may be wise to try using a thin layer in order to discourage birds from eating all your seed. Water gently each morning and night, tapering off to once a day when the grass has surfaced. Then water as necessary, according to the climate you live in.

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