Does seed go bad?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by birddseedd, Apr 28, 2013.

  1. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Don't give up on new seed. It takes time--warmth and moisture. The soil temperature here hit 60 today; that is under turf in a semi-shady spot, at a depth of about 2 inches. Air temp warmest of the year at 77.

    I have tiny signs of sprouts in my outdoor containers planted during each month of the winter, but I am waiting a few days to be sure, as they are mostly less than 1/4 inch tall.
     
  2. green_mark

    green_mark LawnSite Senior Member
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    We have found that when over seeding we apply lime at 25lbs per 1,000 and alfalfa at 10lbs 1,000 our success rate is outstanding.

    I don't know your pH but I would get a Kelway meter to get a reading and find out if you need lime.
     
  3. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
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    Thanks for the advice. ill put that on the list. have any good reading about soil levels?
     
  4. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    Don't bother. There are far better meters. Further, unless you have the ability to calculate buffer pH, you can't determine correct liming rates.
     
  5. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
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    no idea what that means.

    i coudl always just mix in some fresh top soil. that should even things out.
     
  6. greenstar lawn

    greenstar lawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    My fert guy said to store seed in a freezer when not using it
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  7. McFarland_Lawn_Care

    McFarland_Lawn_Care LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yes - I was completely shocked! I guess some fall rain and over winter weight of snow and stuff may have forced some into the soil a bit but yes. I'll take a picture tomorrow. Sprouting everywhere on the bare ground - you can still see a fair amount of seed still on top too.

    Jason
     
  8. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
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    i see no grass :(
     
  9. turfcobob

    turfcobob LawnSite Senior Member
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    Good question. I have stored seed for years in rubbermaid containers and it grew very well when planted. A few years ago Smithsonian Magazine had an artice about some grass seed that was recovered in a jar from a 2000 year old wreck. It was planted and it grew. I would have to say that it is all in the storage and planting.
     
  10. Turboguy

    Turboguy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I don't think there would be a problem with one year old seed. The seed I used in the beginning of the year was my leftover seed from last year and it has come in fine.

    A few years ago we were doing some work on our property and I used some seed that I had here for 5 years. It grew find. Don't worry about the seed but with no rye in the mix germination will be much slower.
     

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