About Turf and Forage Grass
Although both turf and forage are grasses, turfgrass seed has been bred to produce a dark green, disease resistant carpet of grass commonly seen on athletic fields, household lawns, golf courses and parks. Types of turf grass seed are Kentucky Bluegrass, Turf Tall Fescue, Perennial Ryegrass and fine fescues such as Chewings or Creeping Red fescue.
Forage grasses are bred to provide a food source for livestock either as hay or in pastures and are typically defined in terms of digestibility, protein content and crude fiber. Types of this grass are Orchardgrass, Tetraploid Perennial Ryegrass, Timothy, Canarygrass, Millet, Teff, Bermudagrass and Crabgrass.
Turf and Forage Grass Protection Needs
The seedlings that yield turf and forage grasses require proper protection against wind, birds, and drought, as it can take several weeks to produce a viable crop. Protection against common diseases and bacteria are also essential for a healthy yield.
Coating Turf and Forage Grasses
Normally grasses are coated with Pinnacle Hydroloc coating which provides rapid water absorption around the entire seed, ensuring more uniform emergence, especially in poorly prepared seed beds or if broadcast sewn.