Oats as A Cover Crop for seeding lawn

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by zimmatic, Jun 22, 2014.

  1. zimmatic

    zimmatic LawnSite Senior Member
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    I am planning on seeding a lawn for a client. I want to plant a fast growing cover. I have settled on Oats as it will show growth in 3-10days and stabilize soil/hills. I am planning on 4-6lbs 1000sqf for my bluegrass and perennial ryegrass mix. I am uncertain on the lbs /1000sqf for the oats. Does anyone have experience with lbs of oats per 1000sqft? I do not want to crowd out the bluegrass but also need a good stand of oats for erosion purposes. I have an irrigation system ready to go, and will also be using stabilizing blankets on the hills as extra precautions. The project is in minnesota and zone 4. We have been receiving an abundance of rainfall this year

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  2. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    I think perennial rye is just as fast as oats--particularly if the soil temperatures are high and the soil is moist. My tests showed it to be 1/4 inch tall at 96 hours.
    Or try Futura 3000 perennial rye,

    http://pickseed.com/usa/Products/PDF/futura_3000_ts.pdf

    Company claims it germinates in 5 to 7 days.
     
  3. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    Let us know how it works... I agree that oats will probably hold a hill quicker and better than AR, just because of the size of the individual plants... :)
     
  4. zimmatic

    zimmatic LawnSite Senior Member
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    Update:
    Oats worked great went at a rate of 33lbs/acre Fast germination and growth. Waiting for them to mature to mow down, but lawn and oats are growing wonderfull.
     
  5. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
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    Take some pics of what the oats look like...if you can.

    Also can turf grass crowd out oats with minimal issues...? Assuming oats are annual...?
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  6. Jimslawncareservice

    Jimslawncareservice LawnSite Platinum Member
    from mn
    Posts: 4,128

    I have used oats and wheat. I like wheat better because it looks more like turf than oats. oats looks more like quack grass. but both give a quick cover and looks better
     

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