View Full Version : Slit seeding - what does it look like?

10-03-2005, 07:52 PM
Hello all.

I'm new to your forum. I recently viewed a lawn that was supposedly "slit seeded". I was under the impression that slit seeding would leave "slits" or "grooves" in the soil. This lawn looked no different than traditional aerating and over-seeding. I looked very closely all over and could see no evidence of anything mechanical but the aerator.

When a lawn is slit seeded, can you tell by looking at it?


10-03-2005, 08:49 PM
you can definitely see slits when it has been don. Even if the soil is sort of dry and loose, there are brushes that go over it (in back of the machine) but you still see the slits.

10-03-2005, 08:56 PM
you should be able to see slices in the ground, perhaps they didn't have the blades low enough?

10-03-2005, 09:20 PM
Plus thatch loads of it if they had grass.

Mower For Less
10-03-2005, 11:12 PM
Here is a picture of a slit seeded lawn I did last week. The slits are clearly visible.


10-03-2005, 11:27 PM
What's the success of slit seeding? Can it be done here in NJ this weekend and have time for the lawn to germinate and be ok for the winter?

10-04-2005, 01:27 PM
I hear a lot of people say that aerating and overseeding is better than using a slit seeder. What are the pros and cons of doing each one?

10-04-2005, 03:48 PM
Slit seeding brings a much higher germination rate, as dispersal, soil contact, and more optimum depth are reached. By optimum, I mean a shollwer depth. With aeration, the seeds fall down into a hole and get buried at a depth that is too deep for optimum germination due to lack of light. The seeds are much better to be on and near surface (contacting soil) and just below the surface. Indirect sunlight is allowed in promoting germination.

10-07-2005, 03:50 PM
We have a Land Pride 48" slit seeder/overseeder. How much would the average person charge for seeding with this? We purchased it for our own use, but would like to generate additional revenue with it.

10-07-2005, 11:21 PM
Here, we get $70 per M for actual renovation.

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10-08-2005, 05:26 AM
I just want to clear something up. I have seen you guys abbreviating per M for awhile, and I am assuming this is 1000 sq. ft? Although I thought the correct abbreviation was K. What exactly does the M stand for? Thanks!


heather lawn sp
10-08-2005, 07:46 AM
K -From the greek Kilo- meaning one thousand
M-From the Latin roman numeral for one thousand

Mower For Less
10-09-2005, 10:27 PM
AHA! So its all about the Latin invasion!

10-10-2005, 12:45 PM
Actually, the reasom M is used in the agricultural industry is so it is not confused with OUR abbreviation K, which actually stands for Potassium, in our case. It would get a little confusing if we were saying 1 lb. of K per K, or it was written 1#K/K. Now, if we say 1# K per M, that is something completely different.

10-10-2005, 11:05 PM
Here, we get $70 per M for actual renovation.

What is included in the $70 per/m "renovation"

10-11-2005, 06:12 PM
Could one possibly do an areate, seed, then do slit seeding. Would that bring in even better results?