View Full Version : preparing soil (or not) re: seeding

09-20-2011, 09:56 PM
Looking for opinions. It's been our experience that most areas of lawns that need 'seeding' are those which experienced stress (probably why the original grass shelled out). Most often it involves compacted clay soil, and/or lack of proper watering, or mowing too low.

What do you guys do regarding seeding compacted/stressed parts of lawns?

1) use a slit seeder?
2) use drill seeder?
3) making multiple passes with a hydrostatic core aerator before seeding?

Just raising some eyebrows. What makes sense to you? Thanks. :usflag::canadaflag:

09-21-2011, 06:47 AM
Compacted soils should be aerated and topdressed with compost with the seeding... then proper cultural practices should follow in the next growing season to prevent the heavy soils from compacting and killing grass again...

09-21-2011, 09:21 AM
most of the problems with sparse grass and bare spots around here seem to be excessive dry weather, dog urine and low soil PH. Take PH test to insure proper ph levels and ad lime if needed. Aerating should be done only if the soil is compacted or in heavy clay soils and a slit seeder should be fine for your situation.