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After Aeration/Overseeding....What to tell your customers?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by aVOLanche, Oct 29, 2005.

  1. aVOLanche

    aVOLanche LawnSite Member
    Posts: 68

    Do you guys leave an instruction sheet about when to water and how much after aeration and overseeding?If yes,what's it include?If not,what do you tell your customer?(the "average Joe" seems to forget and blame poor results on the Lawn-service provider).

    FERT-TEK LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,035

    Within the bid estimate I have a section that them must initial. It states regardless of the lawn repair methodology you must water your lawn to strengthen existing turf and to help germinate newly seeded areas. Newly seeded areas should ideally be watered three of four times a day. Light frequent irrigation is recommended. Just enough to make the ground glisten and soften the seed kernel.

    I wont do the job without them initialling that section.
  3. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,137

    I always tell them to keep the seed wet, which means watering at least daily for about a week. They always seem put off by that, but I explain without water, seed doesn't grow. What's the point in spending all that money and not taking 10 min or so a day to water?
  4. turfcobob

    turfcobob LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 878

    Make up a good "After Care Sheet" with detailed directions and have the customer look it over with you. As someone said have them Initial off on it. The cause of most failed seedings is "Failed Aftercare" it is as important as the job itself.
  5. ThreeWide

    ThreeWide LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,116

    Here is what I put together this year. This applies to our clay soils, so it may not apply to your area.

    Your Fescue should start germinating in 7-10 days from the seeding date with proper moisture. Without constant moisture during that period, germination can take much longer. For that reason, no guarantees can be made for the results of overseeding without irrigation.

    Heavy rainfall events have the potential to wash out seed before germination occurs.


    • For 7-10 days after seeding, you should water 2-3 times per day for very short intervals. Apply just enough water to keep the top ½ inch of soil moist. For irrigation systems, this is usually 5-10 minutes per zone.

    • After the seed starts germinating, water every 3 days for a longer interval. You want to water just enough to avoid runoff. Do this for another 10 days. For irrigation systems, 15 minutes per zone is a good guideline.

    • During the next phase you should irrigate every 5 days, applying ½ inch of water each time. Follow that schedule for 2 weeks. For irrigation systems, this is about 30 minutes per zone.

    If you do not have irrigation, do a rain dance!
  6. Envision

    Envision LawnSite Member
    Posts: 127

    Good question and thread, I was thinking of getting a series of flyers or handouts together to give clients after a speciallzed service was performed.. I was thinking along the lines of "now what?" for aeration, overseeding, plant/tree installation, sod, etc. Just merely improving your value to the customer and keeping unnecessary phone calls in the future.

  7. Mower For Less

    Mower For Less LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 823

    Lesco already sells pre-made handouts exactly as you describe.
  8. Envision

    Envision LawnSite Member
    Posts: 127

    You can probably get pre-made handouts for everything, however I should have stated that I prefer to have my marketing material branded with the same look and feel. I feel it has a better effect and shows professionalism than stamping your name on someone elses flyers.

    However, I will definately check them out when I find time to make mine!

    Thanks, Tim.
  9. Mower For Less

    Mower For Less LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 823

    I agree, I like to have my own marketing materials as well. I think stamping your name on a generic flyer looks a little cheesy and unprofessional, or at the least underfunded. I wasnt sure if you were aware that they had an entire series that fit what you were looking to design though, so if nothing else it will be a good starting point to maybe get some ideas from and also to figure out what kind of tips you want to include.


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