My Process (Needs Help)

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Oakleaf landscape, Aug 10, 2012.

  1. Oakleaf landscape

    Oakleaf landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 624

    For the past few years, my lawns have been declining in appearance and I'm not sure why? Every fall we always reseed. My process for this is to aerate, then apply at least 5lbs of seed per 1000sq ft, a starter fertilizer, and lime to the yard. I live in central North Carolina. We over seed with Lesco's Transitional Blend of seed. We start aerating around September15th and go to the first week in October.These yards are not irrigated, and the customers never water. The yards I maintain are on a 5 step fertilizer program by a very reputable company. I just want to increase my germination rate of the yards that we only aerate in the fall and are not on a fertilizer program.

    My real question is, does anybody have any suggestions to help increase the germination rate of my fall seeding? Should I use a slit seeder? In my area, I have never seen anybody top dress the soil and it seems to be a very time consuming thing that most people would not pay for.

    Does anybody want to give me a brief rundown of their process for over seeding in the fall that lives in my area?

    Also, should I look at a different brand of seed? I always get the highest grade lesco offers, it's certified as well.

    Thank You!
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,081

    Don't feel bad... All the 5-step fert&squirts on non irrigated lawns, decline around here as well... :)

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