TTTF selection advice and where to buy?
I've been lurking on these and other forums for a while now, researching grass seeds for my Fall overseeding project. There have been lots of useful posts here, especially many by Tiemco that have helped me a lot. I've also been mining through the NTEP data to decide on what cultivars I would like for a mix for fall overseeding.
A little background: I live in upstate NY, have a 10,000 sq ft backyard that is patchy and seems to have a mix of all sorts of grass (mainly fescues). It was hit pretty hard by drought like conditions in summer over a few weeks when we were closing on the house. As a result, the lawn was neglected by the previous owners and us for over a month and it took a toll on it. I also have a golden retriever who likes running around in the yard and occasionally digging holes or eating grass/weeds. I also do not have a sprinkler system, so I have to lug around hoses and sprinklers, and while I don't mind doing that, I would prefer not having a very finicky grass type/cultivar.
Based on all my constraints, I decided that TTTF would suite me for the slightly lower maintenance and water requirements in comparison to KBG. However, I would still like a 5-10% mix of KBG (I already read about the relative seed size between KBG and TTTF) to help heal the lawn, especially when my dog or random critters decide to dig it up. I'd prefer not having to overseed the entire lawn every season (though I'm okay with overseeding patchy areas).
So with that said, I've decided upon Bullseye and Cochise IV for my TTTF cultivars. Both are rated very highly for the northeast, have good to excellent wear tolerance, do well in sun and some shade (I have a couple of maple trees and a locust tree) and are also rated well for drought tolerance. I've also noticed that they seem to be pretty popular with folks on these forums.
For the KBG, I was thinking of getting Impact as it is rated highly for the northeast.
Ideally, I'd like something like a 50% Bullseye, 40-45% Cochise IV and 5-10% Impact. How am I doing so far?
After having done all this research, I was excited to call Ben Hogan at The Hogan Company to place an order for a 50lb bag of the mix but I was disappointed to find that Ben was not willing to make a custom blend for me and instead was suggesting I go for the Hogan blend. I can completely understand that since I am only buying 1-2 bags, there is limited incentive to make a custom blend for me. However, I've noted that other folks seem to have been able to get a custom blend from him in the past (which is why I called him in the first place). He was very helpful though, and while I'm sure his custom blend is great, I just don't feel comfortable paying $100+ for a blend where I don't even know what the cultivars are, nor whether they would be ideally suited for my constraints (northeast, high wear, sun and shade, etc).
So what are my options at this point? Super seed store seems to be daylight robbery - a 50lb bag with the custom blend above is going to cost me $365!
Is there any other store that might be willing to make a custom blend for 50-75lbs of seed for me? Or is there anyone that sells a blend matching what I am looking for?
The most economical option is buying the Prime Time TTTF blend which contains 50% Bullseye and Hemi and Magellan/Turbo, which I can purchase for $100 shipped (50lbs). I'm open to going that path if there isn't any reasonable option to purchasing a custom blend from some other vendor.
I'd really appreciate any advice regarding better or alternative blends that may suite me and also if there are any other vendors you may recommend where I might be able to get a custom blend for a reasonable price.
Sorry for this terribly long first post!