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bermuda seed HELP

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by fastcat, Jun 25, 2008.

  1. fastcat

    fastcat LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 799

    i posted this in the renovation thread and it is just to dead. admin please dont move. i need to put this seed down tomorrow and i want to do it right.

    allright i bought the seed today and i am wondering what the best way to put it out is. i got the sun star at lesco.

    my options are to put it in my broadcast spreader and put it on a low setting so that the seed doesnt come pouring out really fast or mix it with sand and use the broadcast spreader. if i mix it with sand what is the best way to go about it so that i get even seed coverage. what is the best way to mix it with the sand so that it will be even.
  2. billslawn89

    billslawn89 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,364

    how big of an area are you seeding? the seeds are very small...
  3. fastcat

    fastcat LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 799

    5000-6000 sf
  4. jkingrph

    jkingrph LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 807

    Mix it with dry sand about 1:10 or more seed to sand.
  5. fastcat

    fastcat LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 799

    thanks. any other opinions
  6. txgrassguy

    txgrassguy LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,083

    Been doing this type of seeding for years.
    Buy two bags of Houactinite, get a clean 55 gallon plastic garbage can with handles and dump about one quarter of the Houactinite bag and just two pounds or so of the 25 lb pail of seed.
    Mix with a clean sharpshooter.
    Repeat the process until the entire bag of Houactinite and one half the pail of seed is in the garbage can.
    Then apply uniformly to the entire area to be seeded.
    The Houactinite acts as a buffering compound and is much easier to see and mix with than sand at light rates exiting whatever type of spreader you are using.
    Water in and repeat the entire process two weeks later. A bit of time, a bunch of water plus the ever present Texas sunshine and you'll have a decent turf stand.
  7. fastcat

    fastcat LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 799

    what is some seed to sand ratios that some have used when mixing the two to sread with a broadcast spreader. i just tried a 1 sand to 1 seed mixture and it seemed to work pretty good.
  8. jkilov

    jkilov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MS
    Posts: 1,415

    Bermuda is somewhat demanding to seed. Weeds and other grass grow faster and kill it. So it's usually sodded but I have my opinions on sod. Early spring is the best time to do it.

    You already got your answer : fallow txgrassguy's instructions.

    The soil needs to be tilled finely, add more sand to cover the seed with a thin film then water thoroughly. Once it grows it does'nt need much water.
  9. dave k

    dave k LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,178

    You can also use Turface from Lesco instead of sand, mix it well and hope you are putting it on dirt, if you are re seeding than I would say it won't take, the seed needs lot of sun to germinate, I know this from past experience, good luck and don't forget to post some pics when you get a lawn.

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