preparing soil (or not) re: seeding

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by americanlawn, Sep 20, 2011.

  1. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Posts: 5,846

    Looking for opinions. It's been our experience that most areas of lawns that need 'seeding' are those which experienced stress (probably why the original grass shelled out). Most often it involves compacted clay soil, and/or lack of proper watering, or mowing too low.

    What do you guys do regarding seeding compacted/stressed parts of lawns?

    1) use a slit seeder?
    2) use drill seeder?
    3) making multiple passes with a hydrostatic core aerator before seeding?

    Just raising some eyebrows. What makes sense to you? Thanks. :usflag::canadaflag:
     
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,080

    Compacted soils should be aerated and topdressed with compost with the seeding... then proper cultural practices should follow in the next growing season to prevent the heavy soils from compacting and killing grass again...
     
  3. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,201

    most of the problems with sparse grass and bare spots around here seem to be excessive dry weather, dog urine and low soil PH. Take PH test to insure proper ph levels and ad lime if needed. Aerating should be done only if the soil is compacted or in heavy clay soils and a slit seeder should be fine for your situation.
     

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