Overseeding This Weekend: Which Seed?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by BigRed25, Aug 26, 2014.

  1. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    Fescue seed varies all over the country. I have one of the few fescue lawns in the deep south.

    So heres my advice from experience where I live. Buy 10lb of each and mix the 3 of them. I will also add its far better to put too little seed than it is too put too much seed.
     
  2. BigRed25

    BigRed25 LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for the replies guys, much appreciated! I think I'm going with the Jonathan Green Sun & Shade mix since it includes 30% Golconda Tall Fescue, 20% Montana Tall Fescue, 15% Frontier Perennial Ryegrass, 15% Madison Kentucky Bluegrass, 10% Stanton Perennial Ryegrass, 10% Carson Chewings Fescue.

    I think the 25% ryegrass should be helpful for all the shady areas of the lawn, thanks agrostis for this advice. So my plan for this Saturday is:

    1.) Mow on lowest setting and bag clippings
    2.) Rake entire lawn to get up all debris/dead grass and rough up the existing soil
    3.) Broadcast spread the grass seed, spreading more in areas where theres no grass
    4.) Spread top soil over bare/thin spots
    5.) Broadcast spread Starter Fertilizer
    6.) Water

    Please let me know if this looks okay? I know some will recommend seed slitter, aerator, etc. but I do not want to rent anything or spend any extra money on this equipment even if it would give me better results.

    Also, what is a good watering schedule after overseeding? Start time, length of water, length of no water, etc. I'm using sprinkler timers. Thanks!
     
  3. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    Aeration and power raking will greatly improve seed germination. The seed needs contact with the soil.

    Good luck, we still have another month here in Bama before we can overseed cool season grass.
     
  4. cotyledon

    cotyledon LawnSite Senior Member
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    Jonathan green has some good seeds no doubt . U like the black beauty tall fescue mix
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  5. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    I would at least rent a slit seeder...I know you said you don't want to spend the money, but it's a small price to pay. 1/2 day rental should be all you need. $30 or $40 maybe. If you're going to go to the effort of doing it and the expense of the seed, why not just go for it?
     
  6. BigRed25

    BigRed25 LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for the input guys! Last question, what is a good watering schedule after overseeding? Start time, length of water, length of no water, etc.
     
  7. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
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    6 am, 12 pm, 4 pm - 15 minute's per zone for 2 week's, then 6 am & 12 pm - 10 minutes per zone for 1 week, then just 6 am @ 10 minutes per zone for 1 week. As needed after that.
     
  8. BigRed25

    BigRed25 LawnSite Member
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    Exactly what I was looking for, thank you and have a great Labor Day weekend everyone! Beers & BBQs!
     
  9. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    what he said
     

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