Lawn renovation: Too late in the fall?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by bperl, Sep 13, 2011.

  1. MikeInMKE

    MikeInMKE LawnSite Member
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    Riggle,

    It's been two weeks. Are your experimental seed beds displaying any signs of life?
     
  2. dboyd351

    dboyd351 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    bperl,
    I went ahead and mowed my grass yesterday. Didn't seem to hurt it any. I left the clippings and straw.
     
  3. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have been out of town for 10 days. I compared 5 treatments, each on one sqft on a low-quality bluegrass lawn, non-irrigated, applying 1/2 ounce of seed,about 31 pounds per thousand sqft, (Scotts Classic seed). Temperatures were cool--its 44 degrees now. soil temp is 45.

    Treatments:

    Seed after aeration
    Seed just prior to aeration
    Slits in soil
    Untreated control
    Soil topdressing (about .16 " )

    16 days later, it was difficult to tell the difference, but treatments with soil topdressing, and secondly, seed applied before topdressing showed the best result. The tallest seedlings were about a half-inch tall.
     
  4. MikeInMKE

    MikeInMKE LawnSite Member
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    Riggle,

    Excellent! And thanks again.
     
  5. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    What type of germination did you get between the aeration holes? Anything? Just hair plug results?
     

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