newby hydro seed questions

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by lawnjob, Jul 4, 2002.

  1. lawnjob

    lawnjob LawnSite Member
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    I just put in my first real lawn and it was seeded 9 days ago. I've got 2" grass in some areas, but it's sparse. Where it was hand seeded around the house, it's much better. The contracter was primarily an excavating specialist, so I'm skeptical of his seeding expertise. I've watered it as much as possible during this weather. Should I contact him and ask him to reseed it? 50% of this lawn is flat and the rest is 20-30 degree slope, 2 acres total. I need the sod to come together ASAP to hold the hill from eroding. Thanks in advance.:confused:
     
  2. lawnstudent

    lawnstudent LawnSite Senior Member
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    What kind of grass seed was used? Was it a mixture of ryegrass, fescue & Kentucky Bluegrass? What was hand seeded by the house? The same mix? Kentucky Bluegrass takes up to 21 days to germinate. Ryegrass will start germinating in the first week. Fesces will start to germinate after the first week. The ryegrass will help hold the hills while the remaining grasses germinate. A good grass seed mixture will only have 20% or less ryegrass seed. Ryegrass also has a fine leaf. These two points combine to make the initial germination look thin. Have some patient and keep watering so the remianing seeds germinate properly.

    jim
     
  3. lawnjob

    lawnjob LawnSite Member
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    lawnstudent, thanks for the response. It's a mixture of unknown quantities, bluegrass is included. I'll continue to be patient. The contracter had offered to re-seed it when he did it. Can more seed be sprayed right over the sparse areas with no ill affect? What about rolling the soil, it hasn't been done and the soil is very soft and loose. Should it be done now or after the grass is growing well? Meanwhile I've ordered a new Billy Goat Contour mower to do these hills. I'm not loaded with cash, but all the $500 mowers were so weenie looking, I thought they'd not handle the steep hills very well. My 30 year old Wheel Horse will handle the level ground duties. Thanks, Bob :cool:
     
  4. lawnstudent

    lawnstudent LawnSite Senior Member
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    Seed germination rates are directly related to the amount of soil contact of your seed. Rolling a seed bed is generally a good thing, though I've not heard of people rolling a hydroseeded area. Don't roll your new grass seedlings! You don't want to disrupt the new seedlings. If in a couple of weeks you still have bare areas, call the contractor back to reseed those areas. Good luck.

    jim
     
  5. I just wanted to ask you about the Billt Goat Contour mower. I saw one at my local dealer, and wow! What a machine. It's what I should have bought instead of the 26" Snapper.
    My dealer is kind of vague on pricing. What kind of price do those go for?

    Dave
     
  6. lawnjob

    lawnjob LawnSite Member
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    The MSRP on the Contour is $1199, plus $69 for side bag and $30 shipping. I agreed on $1050, no bag. I lucked out and got to see and drive one at a local dealer, his rep. had dropped it off for a few days. I'm on vaca right now, but I'll be picking it up on the 13th.
     
  7. Thanks for the info. That's about what I paid for the Snapper, and the Contour is twice the mower! I'm going to try to trade it in on a Contour.

    Dave
     
  8. lawnjob

    lawnjob LawnSite Member
    Posts: 19

    Well it's been 3 weeks now, some parts of the lawn are green and lush, others are sparse and patchy. Just .25" of rain in 25 days doesn't help either. I've been watering the **** out of it. The contracter came and re seeded the sparse areas on Tuesday. I'm hoping for better results this time. Any suggestions would be welcome. Thanks, Bob
     
  9. lawnjob

    lawnjob LawnSite Member
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    A month and a half later I've got lots of grass growing. The problem is, it's 75% crab grass in all but the shaded areas. I left it long 4-6" during the drought, did this have an ill effect? Is all the crabgrass the result of poor seed or environmental differences? How and when can I kill the crabgrass? I've overseeded with ryegrass and fertilized within the last couple of days. Thanks in advance, Bob
     

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