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Fresh Seed, first time?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by minilawn, Oct 17, 2011.

  1. minilawn

    minilawn LawnSite Member
    from CO
    Posts: 65

    I seeded a customer's lawn 3 1/2 weeks ago with the understanding fall is the best time to seed KBG, now it's popping up in neat little rows about 2 inches high most areas... how long does it need to be established to withstand the winter? When should I hit it with it's first nitrogen feeding? Thanks all!
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2011
  2. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    I like my seedlings to have 6 to 8 weeks. If you put down a starter fert then you should be good to go until spring. I wouldn't want to get the seedlings all pumped up and then have a frost hit them. Did you do a soil sample?
  3. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,080

    Lack of fertilizer doesn't kill seedlings... be sure that there is plenty of moisture deep in the ground right up to the moment that the ground freezes... I would use winterizer as opposed to 'starter', but putting down a layer of compost would be best of all....

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