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Old 04-15-2013, 08:42 AM
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Question on thatching

When it comes to thatching, what is the correct process? Thatch yard
, clean up all debris, lay new seed, and cover with peat moss or topsoil. Also what is the best way everyone picks up the thatched grass? Thanks for the help!!
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:05 PM
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Seed in Fall..
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:50 PM
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When it comes to thatching, what is the correct process? Thatch yard
, clean up all debris, lay new seed, and cover with peat moss or topsoil. Also what is the best way everyone picks up the thatched grass? Thanks for the help!!
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This what I do been doing this since 1981
Dethatch lawn
Sweep or rake it up
Broadcast 1/3 of the seed. Then I'll put the other 2/3 with a slit seeder Sometimes if its really bare I'll blow straw
Never could understand why people will say wait till fall
Fall can be a bad time to seed as much as Spring time

((((Freeze out or burn up its all a gamble ))))

I wish it would stop raining and dry up. I have 7 installs for new lawns and 10 dethatching/over seed jobs Sitting on 2,000 lbs of seed I like to get in the ground. So far only done one new lawn install and 3 slit seed jobs and 1 thatching job that was on a baseball field and only mowed one day and its rained since. This week rained 4days so far.
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Old 04-18-2013, 10:17 PM
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If I spread the seed out what's the best to cover it with. Peat moss, or top soil. It's not going to be bare enough for straw
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Old 04-18-2013, 10:26 PM
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Reason I do it in the fall time is bc after you get done detaching you overseed and you don't wanna put a mower on that lawn for a few weeks so you don't damage the seeds. Grass grows like crazy in spring and I can't wait for the seeds to take bc by the time the lawn is ready to cut its a jungle.

So when I do it in the fall I can wait for the seeds to take bc the grass growth slows down. I get great results with it this way
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If I spread the seed out what's the best to cover it with. Peat moss, or top soil. It's not going to be bare enough for straw
No cover if you slit seed it
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Old 04-18-2013, 10:48 PM
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Reason I do it in the fall time is bc after you get done detaching you overseed and you don't wanna put a mower on that lawn for a few weeks so you don't damage the seeds. Grass grows like crazy in spring and I can't wait for the seeds to take bc by the time the lawn is ready to cut its a jungle.

So when I do it in the fall I can wait for the seeds to take bc the grass growth slows down. I get great results with it this way
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I'll scalped the lawn before I seed it In 2 weeks be ready to mow

Is your grass growing crazy now with the snow on it
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Old 04-18-2013, 10:52 PM
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Forgot to add this when over seed lawns in spring time I wait for 2 weeks then apply fertilizer
If put it down same time over seed the grass will grow to fast crowd out the seedlings
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Old 04-18-2013, 10:57 PM
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I'll scalped the lawn before I seed it In 2 weeks be ready to mow

Is your grass growing crazy now with the snow on it
We hadn't had any snow since February. First cut is on monday.

See I don't scalp them. I cut it at normal height(3-3.5'') and when I seed I mix in triple 12.
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Old 04-19-2013, 06:34 AM
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After blowing the lawns for Spring as soon as the snow is gone,,, I walk around with a pail of seed and hit the barespots...
I'm glad to see there is brown dead grass clippings from the year before in those barespot and toss in the seed... after the first rain event, that seed disappears into that cover and emerges as grass plants short time later...

The seed is protected w/out a new layer of topsoil or straw... Same thing in September when germination for cool-season grasses is less than 10 days, depending on moisture/air ratio...
Cool-season grasses rarely experience WinterKill, but almost always experience heat and drought kill...

BTW, topsoil accumulates on these lawns, so compost or straw is better... nothing looks worse after 5 years or so, than build up along the hardscapes of someones lawn...
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