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Old 08-02-2013, 01:35 PM
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Originally Posted by RigglePLC View Post
Good comments, Larry.
I understand that the grass seed takes in water (imbibes) for about 48 hours (if it is continually most) and then a tiny root comes out at night. If it can gain a tiny foothold in moist particles of soil before the hot sun dries it out next morning...the seed will take hold. A tiny green sprout will head straight up.
I don't believe a root will come out unless there are moist particles of soil... My understanding is that once the seed has metabolized all the water it needs,,, then it will react to the outside environment,,, via hormonal data,,, and germinate accordingly...

Ever notice that little puddles sometime germinate seed well in advance of the rest and sometimes remain void of greenery???
Now that I know that clay's texture(platelets) has nothing to do with water infiltration, percolation, or drainage
,,, I wonder what does...
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Old 08-14-2013, 11:03 PM
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The problem with walk behind slit seeders is that they don't have a roller on the back to press the seed into the slits the way a 3 point slit seeder does, so for good results the area should really be rolled to achieve the necessary seed to soil contact. Also, most of the lower priced slit seeders Ive seen drop the seed out front before the slits are even made so who knows if seed even ends up in the slits. For most cases, I prefer cores over slits.
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