What type, brand of grass do you recommend for Silver Spring, MD. I tried...

Asked September 8, 2013, 11:25 PM EDT

What type, brand of grass do you recommend for Silver Spring, MD. I tried "Barenbrug "Water Saver RTF" Tall Fescue Grass Seed" last fall and it died wherever I put it down. I followed the instructions to the letter, fertilized, water, etc. It looked wonderful last fall and this spring. I also applied grub killer per instructions before seeding. Any suggestions? The area is sunny about 3/4 of the day. Thanks.

Montgomery County Maryland lawns and turf seed selection

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For a lawn that receives at least 5-6 hours of sunlight daily during the growing season, we recommend a tall fescue or a blend of tall fescues. In order to help you choose a good quality, proven cultivar, we provide the following publication which lists those cultivars that have been tested at our research farm in Prince Georges County.
When shopping for grass seed, you could print the list of tall fescue cultivars in that publication and take it with you.
Please refer to the following publications for additional information concerning the various procedures and techniques of lawn renovation and maintenance.
It is also important to understand the life-cycle of beetles and grubs in order to effectively control them.
Please be advised that the life cycle of the Japanese beetle is fairly typical for other scarab beetles that are equally numerous in our area; the Oriental beetle, the Asian beetle, and the rose chafer. All of the larvae/grubs of these beetles feed on grass roots and are equally damaging to lawns when they occur in large numbers.
One bit of possible good news. The current drought we are experiencing and the resulting browning of lawns may contribute to a high mortality rate of beetle grubs.
It is probably too late to worry about grub control this fall. If weather conditions become favorable for grub survival or if we have a large population of beetles next June, you could consider applying a grub control in mid-July next year.
In the meantime, you still have a good opportunity to renovate your lawn. The window of opportunity extends until mid-October, but sow your seed as soon as possible.

Thank you so much for all the awesome info. Here are three pics of yard, the brown spots are in the sunny areas, which normally makes me think grubs. I did have them last year but put down 2 apps, one summer last year and in spring. All of the brown spots you see though are the exact spots where new grass seed was planted. Looked great up until hot weather, though we had decent intervals of rain and my watering. Guess it wasn't enough. Let me know if these pics suggest anything.
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You might want to check for grubs, leaf spots or rust. If you have more than ten grubs per square foot you could consider application of acelepryn. New turf needs to be watered deeply once a week. Odds are good that the shortage of water has made the lawn susceptible to attack. Consider overseeding with a recommended cultivar as suggested before. http://extension.umd.edu/learn/lawn-disease-rust
http://extension.umd.edu/learn/lawn-disease-brown-patch vw