Dormant Seeding is Up

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Smallaxe, Mar 26, 2012.

  1. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    The weather has actually been warm enough up here,,, that the Dormant Seeding from last Fall, after the ground started to freeze,,, is already up...

    Does anyone else have 'Dormant Seeding Success Stories', this Spring???
     
  2. bepperb

    bepperb LawnSite Member
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    I live near Milwaukee and the seed I threw down around February 1st is already 2 inches or so high. Threw it in winter to have it germinate as soon as possible as it's a very shady area (hoping to get it established before the leaves block most of the sun). Forsythia is also blooming in my yard. Strange year.
     
  3. Smallaxe

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    I'm up here in Z4, and we have Forsythia all over, as well...

    Mine is also in the shade... Good idea about have the grass establish b4 the leaves come back on... :)
     
  4. RigglePLC

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    This is a odd year. I have seed in outdoor pots. I planted seed in each month of the fall, winter and spring. Sometimes on top of snow. Seed has sprouted and grass is up at least to some degree in each of the pots for October, November, December, January, February and March. I didn't plant the April test yet.
    Non-irrigated, but very unusual warm year. It was 75 to 85 as a high most of the week of March 19. I used Scotts "Classic" seed--very high in perennial rye.
     
  5. Smallaxe

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    I didn't do any mid-winter seeding myself and I simply used our regular mix of KBG, P.Rye, & CR Fescue, on open ground that needed it...

    Pots,,, may very well have a different ambient temperature from what the earth has, at ground level... :)
     
  6. Hineline

    Hineline LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'm seeing some come up. I am sold on dormant seeding!
     
  7. Smallaxe

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    Not every year is this good, but we seem to have had a good Winter for it... I still have one complete lawn renovation to check, that started with bare tilled soil in November... I would love for that to green up thick and lush... :)
     
  8. Hineline

    Hineline LawnSite Senior Member
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    Did a fert job on a property that was dormant seeded in November by someone else. It's about 15K and was about 1/2 an inch but good coverage. I hit it with starter for the guy. Should do fine.
     
  9. frotis

    frotis LawnSite Senior Member
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    What about dormant seeding when you have bluegrass in the mix and you have to apply pre-em in the spring. Chances are the bluegrass may not be germinated by the time you have to out the pre-em down.
     
  10. RigglePLC

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    Good point, Frotis.
    I didn't do that test with kentucky bluegrass. Since the seed I have used has a lot of perennial rye--I am probably looking at mostly perennial rye. It appears that if you wait until the new perennial rye is two inches tall you can treat for crabgrass in the same year. The date of opportunity is tight, of course.

    I am not sure if this would work with pure Kentucky bluegrass. Hmmm...would be a good experiment. Somebody try it.
     

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