Lesco Renovator...Seed Rate Setting?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by dmc456, Sep 21, 2005.

  1. dmc456

    dmc456 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I just purchased a Lesco Renovator to go with my Ryan Mataway. The Mataway is still my favorite, but the Renovator may win me over. It is so easy to operate. I know the results from the Ryan area amazing and can go fast, but I'm still love the ease of the Renovator.

    What seed rate setting do you use for Turf Type Tall Fescue? Obviously more is better, but seed is getting expensive like everything else. I have it set on "8" right now and do a double pass.

    Does this sound good. Looking for recomendations.

    I hate experimenting with seed rate on new customer's lawns.

    I will do my own at something like "6", but still looking for input.
     
  2. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    Are you overseeding, or doing bare ground? For doing bare ground, it should go down at 8# per M. I don't know what setting that is, but it should come out to that IN THE END. Now, by IN THE END, I mean whatever setting it calls for, you should cut that in HALF, and go over it twice (crosswise) for even coverage.
     
  3. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
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    there is a chart right on the lid of the machine. it calls for "10" on the dial and that is @ 8#/K. for double pass i would cut that down by about 2/3
     
  4. TURF DOCTOR

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
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    We set ours on 6 or so and we do double pass it works better if the turf is soft wet,the setting of 10 is for fescue man you will go thru #50 of seed fast.
     
  5. dmc456

    dmc456 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Sos your saying you set it on #6 w/ fescue and do 2 passes. I'm currently running #8 w/ 2 passes.
     
  6. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yeah, if you are on No. 6, you will be running just a little more than 8# for TWO passes. The No. 10 setting will drop 8# per 1000 in ONE pass.
     
  7. TURF DOCTOR

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
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    The turf is so dry here i have to run at low speed lets say we set it on 10 at low speed i am dropping #50 of seed in a hurry.We can't break the ground we have a lot of bare spots with no thatch.
     
  8. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yeah, THAT's definitely a consideration, too. If you're goig to slow the machine down, then you would have to back off on the drop rate, as well. I've never ran it slow like that, so I can't really speak for any ratios.
     
  9. dmc456

    dmc456 LawnSite Senior Member
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    How damp can you seed with a renovator? Does the soil need to be bone dry or is a little damp good as well?
     
  10. TURF DOCTOR

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
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    My 2 cents the ground is hard to break when it is dry we have been in a drought here,mabye in a early morning dew or run a water a little before you seed the ground.
     

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