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April 2015 News


Grass Seed Germination

Grass seeds will germinate successfully in normal soils when the surface temperature of the soil does not go below 50 degrees, and where the daytime soil temperature exceeds 60 degrees. Grass seeds also need adequate moisture and adequate sunlight. The best time to plant, therefore, is when the daily soil surface temperature exceeds 60 degrees, and when there is adequate soil moisture to keep the soil moist throughout germination.

Turfgrass Species/Optimum Soil Temperatures for Seed Germination

Turfgrass Species Optimum soil temperatures for seed germination
Creeping bentgrass 59-86
Annual bluegrass 68-86
Kentucky bluegrass 59-86
Rough bluegrass 68-86
Tall fescue 68-86
Red fescue 68-86
Sheep fescue 59-77
Chewings fescue 69-77
Perennial ryegrass 68-86

If you would like to keep track of our current soil temperatures visit

Typical Grass Seed Germination Time Periods

Grass Type Number of Days to Germinate
Bentgrass 10-15
Bermuda 10-30
Bluegrass 20-30
Buffalo Grass 14-28
Centipede 14-21
Fescues 7-15
Rye Grass 5-10

Crab Grass

Grass Seed Germination

• Cavalcade .29% 15-0-3 with 30% Duration™, 70% N-Fate, 12% S

• Cavalcade .20% 7-0-0 Ornamental

• Cavalcade .20% 10-10-10 Ornamental with 100% Duration™


Trimtect is a spray-on shrub growth regulator that will reduce the regrowth of trimmed shrubs and hedges by 30 – 70% over a season, allowing your crews to spend less time on high maintenance sites and more time on more profitable ones.

Reduce retrimming

• Treated plants require less pruning and will exhibit a more compact growth habit.

Reduce labor costs

• Fewer trips to the site and less debris to dispose of

Easy to apply

• Foliar spray applications provide more consistent results than granular applications
• Eliminates the hassle of removing mulch and landscape fabric underneath the plants

Better appearing plants

• Treated plants have darker green foliage that won’t ‘thin-out& in the middle

• Will not cause a yellowing (chlorosis) of new growth associated with other growth regulator products


Infield MixDirt Cheap™ Infield Mix

Budget-Friendly, Consistent-Quality Infield Surface Finally, you found a high-quality infield mix for an affordable price. Dirt Cheap Infield Mix provides a safe, consistent surface for park and school baseball and softball fields. It is engineered, manufactured, and tested to meet infield mix performance specifications. The best value for your infield mix money anywhere in the Midwest. Incorporate into your existing infield, or install in a new field.

Contact your sales rep for more information

Tom Breier: (630) 417-9054

Tim Breier: (630) 417-9056

Dan Breier: (630) 417-9055

Mark Breier: (630) 417-9057

Kevin Spiller: (630) 903-5240


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