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OVER (way over) seeded Fescue

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by khutch, Nov 25, 2010.

  1. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,795

    it is all i use, and i love it. i have used a bluegrass mixed in at 10% and it is a nice turf, but i dont know if it is worth the extra $
  2. mishmosh

    mishmosh LawnSite Member
    from OH
    Posts: 45

    Recommended seeding rates are not guesswork. Excessive seeding rates can results in diminished stress (heat, drought) tolerance, and greater disease pressure.
  3. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 18,308

    No offense dude, but you didn't answer the question.
  4. Cloud9Landscapes

    Cloud9Landscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ca
    Posts: 546

    Wouldn't aerating it and harvesting the cores do the trick? Then applying compost at about 50lbs per 1,000 sqf to fill in the holes. Then you are killing three birds with one stone. Aerating, adding organic matter and thinning the lawn. i imagine you could also use a verticutter or power rake to thin it out, problem with doing this on a cool reason grass is that I have seen where it leaves marks that looks like someone drug around a landscape rake. To alleviate this, you would probably want to set it right where the canopy meets the soil. You don't want to make soil contact when verticutting/power raking.

    I have found that the seeding rates for the fescue around here is too low. They recommend something like 2 lbs per 1,000 sqf and it needs to be doubled. You can barely even notice it when it comes up.
  5. khutch

    khutch LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 495

    I agree that most seeding rates seem a bit low - This homeowner did a complete renovation, but I did not take the time to measure the property. From what he said my guess was about 8-10 lb per K.
    I'm looking forward to aerating the heck out of it w/a little low N Pre-Em fert mid March.
  6. garydale

    garydale LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 813

    Embark would slow top growth but, it normally makes the turf thicker.
    It sounds like that is the last thing you need.
    I agree it will adjust itself gradually.

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