grass seed - what to get

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by CTD_Crazed, Apr 7, 2013.

  1. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    The main thing that we need for Springtime seeding is PATIENCE... these are living organisms requiring living conditions that really have NOTHING to do with what our opinions, thoughts or feelings about what they should do... :)
     
  2. CTD_Crazed

    CTD_Crazed LawnSite Member
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    oh i know...i just thought previously that i had planted them wayyy to early or something. like i said earlier, last weekend was 0 signs of germination and this weekend were some signs of germination. i highly doubt ALL this seed will take, maybe it will, but im not gonna get my hopes up. i still need to find a better way to prepare the rest of this soil though or else im gonna wear myself down to nothing.

    i need opinions or idea on a better way to prepare this ground for seeding. i can rent or borrow tillers, i can use the dethatcher on my lawn mower, i bought a hand "rotary cultivator" to try out. i just can rake it, the soil ifs far too hard for that.
     
  3. Smallaxe

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    The simplest thing for surface culivation is a garden weasel type tool... if the rain is soaking in during a rain, without a lot of puddling, tilling should not be necessary...
    remember in the shade not to constantly water and lay of the fertilizer... also,,, you can overseed all summer long, rather than put down CG preventer on your barespots...
     
  4. CTD_Crazed

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  5. Snyder's Lawn Inc

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  6. Snyder's Lawn Inc

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    Dethatch will work well lower it into the ground I use one in tight areas
     
  7. Smallaxe

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    With that tool you toss the seed out onto the ground where you want it and then just start rolling over it until the seed disappears in the dirt...
    But I wouldn't work the soil deeper(with a detcher)... there only needs to be loosened soil enough to engulf the seed when it rains, so just MIXING the seed into the top inch of soil, then,,,
    SOAK it down thoroughly in order to recreate the 'hard pack surface' that will hopefully prevent more erosion...

    After that water ONLY when the grassroots are completely dried out and use only a couple pounds of N during the growing season... if you see that it is progressing,,, there will be a temptation to really sock the N to it, but DON'T do it... :)
     
  8. CTD_Crazed

    CTD_Crazed LawnSite Member
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    the "N" ????
     
  9. C & T Landscaping

    C & T Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    Nitrogen Fert.
     
  10. Smallaxe

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    Yes,,, Nitrogen... do not put down Nitrogen until Fall when it will be storing up energy for the Winter... once the grass establishes a light dose in Late Spring or Early Summer will be acceptable,,, but what kills the grass in the shade is too much N and too much water... mulch mowing, is also critically important...
     

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