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    Default Salt Tolerant Grass?

    Part of my lawn has gotten flooded the past two winters in storms. Most of the grass seems unfazed, but where the flotsam (leaves and salt marsh straw) were left for the season, it has been smothered. I don't know what type of grass I have, and wondered what type of seed I should get? Sorry no pictures, and I won't be home for about a week. Thanks, Brian

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    Default Re: Salt Tolerant Grass?

    Quote Originally Posted by hobie View Post
    Part of my lawn has gotten flooded the past two winters in storms. Most of the grass seems unfazed, but where the flotsam (leaves and salt marsh straw) were left for the season, it has been smothered. I don't know what type of grass I have, and wondered what type of seed I should get? Sorry no pictures, and I won't be home for about a week. Thanks, Brian
    Are you really sure the problem is the salt, as opposed to just being smothered? Surely any grass will die if it is covered over too deeply for too long.

    If it is the salt, then a good rinse may be best, to wash out the salt. If this is a low spot that tends to trap a small lake, then your solution is to provide a way for the area to drain. Otherwise it will happen repeatedly in the future.

    John

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    Default Re: Salt Tolerant Grass?

    The bare spots are from smothering, but if the grass is going to be flooded with salt water once or twice a year, I don't want that to kill it. Thanks, Brian

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    Default Re: Salt Tolerant Grass?

    Quote Originally Posted by hobie View Post
    The bare spots are from smothering, but if the grass is going to be flooded with salt water once or twice a year, I don't want that to kill it. Thanks, Brian
    What's making the water salty?
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    Default Re: Salt Tolerant Grass?

    The lawn is on the banks of the Westport River, which some call an estuarie. Where we are it is mostly saltwater.

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    Default Re: Salt Tolerant Grass?

    "Celebration Bermuda" grass works well for us here along the Gulf Coast. It handles the salt water very well and the heat.
    2006 Montana 4940C

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    Default Re: Salt Tolerant Grass?

    Paspalum is a seashore, salt tolerant grass that is popular in areas where irrigation must use reclaimed or de-salinated water with high salt contents. You might want to search it up and have a look.

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    Default Re: Salt Tolerant Grass?

    Another avenue to check out is one of the salt-tolerant fescues (creeping red fescue-hybrid w/ different branded names; ex.). I'd suggest looking into Tifway419, but it may not handle the cold temperatures as well as fescue hybrids.
    "Look at Him at Gethsemane, sweating as it were great drops of blood; look at Him on the cross, crucified between two thieves; hear that piercing cry, "Father, Father, forgive them, they know not what they do." And as you look into that face, as you look into those wounds on His feet or His hands, will you say He has not the power to save you? Will you say He has not the power so redeem you?" D.L. Moody

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