Dormant Seeding

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Keegan, Nov 29, 2011.

  1. Keegan

    Keegan LawnSite Senior Member
    from CT
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    When is a good time to start dormant seeding?
     
  2. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
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    when ground temps are below 50 degrees and going to stay there
     
  3. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Last year, seed sown on top of snow in February, for a test, came up about April 8th, in Michigan.

    So...I am planning to try the test again this year. I have started to plant seed outdoors in containers every month. I checked the results so far, a few minutes ago. Oddly, seed planted on October 29th came up, and the tallest sprout is about one-inch tall. 31 days to sprout. Temperatures have been average, several frosts, a half-inch of snow that lasted for a few hours. It is 38 degrees at the moment. Seed used was Scotts "Classic" which is about 30 percent per rye.

    It is possible that seeding in late March would work just as well. I will see what happens in spring.

    Edit ...soil temp is 35.
     
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2011
  4. 31bro

    31bro LawnSite Member
    from IN
    Posts: 126

    When you talk about dormant seeding, do you guys just spread the seed and fertilizer or do you still slit seed or aerate? What is the best option?
     
  5. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    Bare ground bubbles and heaves during the freeze/thaw cycle. Grass seed is of such a design as to 'plant itself' under such conditions.

    You can observe this for yourself by placing seed out in open soil and check it throughout the winter, and seed what comes up in the Spring... :)
     
  6. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    Skip the fertilizer if its a true dormant situation as it will not be utilized by dormant turf and will volitize off or leach away before new seedlings emerge in the spring
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  7. CHARLES CUE

    CHARLES CUE LawnSite Silver Member
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    I like to wait till march It's been warm here Easter lily's are up about a inch and thats on a north facing slope no sun at all

    Charles Cue
     
  8. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I don't know about down south, but up north the practice of applying fert as grass goes dormant is probably the largest source of nutrient runoff into our waters caused by lawn fert.

    Most nutrient runoff is cause by erosion, agriculture and other sources.

    Good sound fert applications add few nutrients to our waters, in spite of what many may believe. If you want to give the lawn care industry a black eye, apply fert to cool season turf now. :nono:
     
  9. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    [ living in ma most of my life I was referring to cool season grass. If I read this correctly you were agreeing with me to not fertilize if the turf is truly dormant?


    QUOTE=phasthound;4231743]I don't know about down south, but up north the practice of applying fert as grass goes dormant is probably the largest source of nutrient runoff into our waters caused by lawn fert.

    Most nutrient runoff is cause by erosion, agriculture and other sources.

    Good sound fert applications add few nutrients to our waters, in spite of what many may believe. If you want to give the lawn care industry a black eye, apply fert to cool season turf now. :nono:[/QUOTE]
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  10. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Yes, I am agreeing with you about late fert applications being a nono for cool season turf.
    BTW, my wife would kill to move back to MA. :)
     

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