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Dormant seeding?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by LawnBrother, Sep 21, 2006.

  1. LawnBrother

    LawnBrother LawnSite Senior Member
    from SW Ohio
    Posts: 867

    I'm in ohio, and I will be doing seedings for the first time this year. My question is, when is it too late to seed fescue? Should I seed now and try to get the seeds to germinate, or wait until November and try dormant seeding, so that the seed sits in the ground and germinates in the spring? By your experiences is either method better? Advice is really appreciated, I either need to seed now or wait. Recommendations PLEASE!
  2. David W

    David W LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 282

    Seed Now Seed Now Seed Now Seed Now ;)
  3. hickslawns

    hickslawns LawnSite Member
    Posts: 131

    I second that.
  4. upidstay

    upidstay LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Posts: 1,341

    Dormant seeding is OK. Had some luck with it. We had a very rainy winter here in CT, so alot of the seed I put down on my own lawn ended up in the neighbors yard down hill. His lawn looks great. The TTT fescue I put down germinated beautifully in the area he typically had disease problems and is coming in very nicely. JUST IN THE WRONG $#@^%%$#$@#%&& YARD!!!
    I did no soil prep at all. Just chucked some seed down. Wanted to see what would happen. It was a pretty good slope with little to no vegetation on it. I kind of figured it would happen anyway, but was curious to see how far seed would move. And move it did.
    The flat areas I seeded in the same manner filled in beautifully. These also had some (50%) existing turf so little washed away.
    Another problem with dormant seeding is your crabgrass preventer.You have to wait until the absolute last minute to apply. I wait until the crabgrass is in the 1st leaf stage (just sprouted) and then apply a good shot of Dimension, followed by a lighter dose 6 weeks later.
    It is always in your best interest to seed at the proper time, but dormant seeding is better than none.
  5. LawnBrother

    LawnBrother LawnSite Senior Member
    from SW Ohio
    Posts: 867

    thanks guys, I was under the impression that I waited a little too long. Looks like I am seeding this week.

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