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Old 11-12-2013, 09:06 AM
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Concerning 'wasting money on seed',,, have we considered wasting money on excessive cost of the expensive pre-m,,, siduron... W/out irrigation the Springtime sowing is a crapshoot... even with our late snow melt last Spring we went a long time w/out rain before the ground really thawed entirely, let alone reach 50 degrees F.

Seed put down after the snow melt would not have had much opportunity to settle in, absorb water and prepare for germination... Seed that spent the winter under the snow is ready to go once the soil temps and other factors are correct... The seed is absorbing water and getting ready to sprout and will do so with warm moist soil even w/out rain...

Starting with dry seed and not getting adequate rain, not spending the extra time and money to get the seed covered and establishing good soil contact, is a real issue...
Broadcasting seed is cheaper than slit-seeding or some other mechanic efforts...

Just some comparisons to consider...
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Now that I know that clay's texture(platelets) has nothing to do with water infiltration, percolation, or drainage
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