HELP, seeding fescue in spring

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Ijustwantausername, Feb 14, 2012.

  1. Ijustwantausername

    Ijustwantausername LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Against my will a customer wants me to seed with fescue in Feb. It is a relatively new lawn with Fescue already there, just not pretty. Fresh topsoil will be brought in for the areas I'm going to seed a few days before. Will a spreader be enough or do I need to go back over it with something to "rake" the seed into the dirt a little?

    Reason I ask is because I was asked to strictly seed and fertilize, not rake seed into lawn.

    Any tricks for doing that over a large area?

    They will be able to water, also.

    Also, their are some patches with nice fescue scattered about the lawn, any clue about why that is?

    Thanks
     
  2. RigglePLC

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    Just my opinion. It would probably be too cold for good germination. Very slow. You want to wait until the fescue greens up or almost the date of the first mowing. Be sure the irrigation is up and running.

    So...he wants to put the seed on top of the soil--and prefers not to put the soil on top of the seed? Why? Who is going to spread the soil evenly?

    Be sure you are not responsible if results are poor. And correct whatever caused the problem in the first place. If you can't drag it a bit, or rake it in, I suggest you use double seed to be sure enough of it takes to give a good thick stand.

    And don't let him use cheap seed Get the good stuff--disease resistant. And don't local universities recommend 10 percent bluegrass to add self-repair ability?

    Nice fescue in patches? Perhaps a mix was seeded and the toughest survived last year's heat and fungus when they didn't water.
     
  3. Ijustwantausername

    Ijustwantausername LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Riggle, yeah you are right, I personally think its too cold as well. However, our fescue at the house has greened up and we have mowed it twice this year, also soil temp is at 45 degrees. We have had some abnormally warm days and the air temp has been around 60 degrees for the past while, with some days close to or at 70.

    As far as the seed being cast on top of the soil, I guess I will just suck it up and lightly rake over the areas. But yes to answer your question, I assume they would just be satisfied with the seed being spread on top of the bare soil.

    Another thing, they don't have a sprinkler system, but said they could water, so we all know what that means - probably be using a cheap Lowes or Home Depot rig without measuring the amount, I will inform them of this as well.

    I haven't heard about the bluegrass for self repair?
     
  4. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
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    This sound's like a recipe for failure. Can you post any picture's ? It usually get's too hot for bluegrass this far south.
     
  5. Ijustwantausername

    Ijustwantausername LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yeah I know, no worries though, I called back and rescheduled for a later date, and proposed a different way. It was a spur of the moment type customer, I just had to inform them the right way of doing things. I am actually going back out to reassess so I will try to snap a few pics then.
     
  6. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Customers cannot be depended on to water. No guarantee without an irrigation system. Read his water meter before you start and after...so he can't lie about how many gallons of water he used. Ask to see his water bills also. There should be a big increase during the month the grass goes in.

    Also this is a good spot for a battery-operated sprinkler timer. Inexpensive--and it will save you a lot of problems. With good pressure, a splitter, and two impulse sprinklers you can irrigate two 80 foot circles. Set it for an hour a day.

    I would put the topsoil on top of the seed.
     
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  9. Ijustwantausername

    Ijustwantausername LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thanks for those links. Any idea how much a bag costs?

    Also, I measured the lawn today and it was 10,697 sq ft. For an 18-20-12 fertilizer, what's the formula to know how much I will need?
     
  10. RigglePLC

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