Seed April 26

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by RigglePLC, May 6, 2012.

  1. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Across the street from one of our customers was hydro seeded 2 weeks ago. It came in so full and thick it is unbelievable. Just 2 weeks ago it was bare dirt and now it is a super thick lush full lawn. Temps been in the low 70's and owner has been watering.
     
  2. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Sorry to confuse you by including a second lawn. This second one has a green house and usually a blue pickup. The lawn was neglected although I cannot find the first "before" picture. In late August 2012 it was killed, tilled and seeded (not hydroseed). Soil is sandy, poor, and house has a primitive irrigation system, I think. Rains somewhat irregular.
    lawn has a few green sprouts showing.

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  3. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Sorry to confuse you by including a second lawn. This second one has a green house and usually a blue pickup. The lawn was neglected although I cannot find the first "before" picture. In late August 2012 it was killed, tilled and seeded (not hydroseed). Soil is sandy, poor, and house has a primitive irrigation system, I think. Rains somewhat irregular.
    lawn has a few green sprouts showing.
     
  4. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Site will not let me post photos that have already appeared elsewhere. This second lawn at an olive green house (probably foreclosure) was sprayed with glyphosate about early August--good date for our area. The soil was worked up and raked smooth by about August 30. The first grass was visible on Sept 8 and early grass was visible on September 16. More grass on Sept 25. Soil is sandy and infertile. Watering irregular.

    Are they doing this right? What results would you expect? How would you improve this?

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  5. RigglePLC

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    Here is the bad lawn redo at about 4 weeks. Green house dark green pickup. Adequate, I think. Weather has been dry but perhaps they sprinkled a bit.

    Lower photo shows a spot where a brief rain washed a lot of seed together to a low spot. This is an indication of what excess seed can do--and I am sure the water was helpful also.

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  6. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Now 22 weeks old. The spring-seeded new lawn looks like near 100 percent crabgrass. It is a bit brown due to a temp of about 39 degrees one morning and general dry conditions.
    The second photo is the south side. The same red tree in the background, is also in the background in the picture of the south side. It appears the foreground tree is toast and the red tree is very poor.

    This lawn is professionally mowed--and they carefully edge it from time to time.

    Odd, but this week fertilizer was applied. There were particles on the sidewalk. I could see it was a mixture high in urea, with about 20 percent blue particles--presumably some type of slow release. There were tire scuff marks on the walk so I assume it was treated with a Z-Spray.

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    Last edited: Oct 3, 2012
  7. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Sigh. Temps went down to about 34 degrees last week, light rain. Crabgrass is brown. Grass hydroseeded April 26 almost invisible. Original grass along curb and ordinary established lawns across street (duplex apartments) fairly green.

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  8. RigglePLC

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    At 5 weeks. This the second lawn which usually has the green pickup in the drive. Temperatures cool (high of 61) and rain light. Sprinkling irregular. Killed, worked up and re-seeded about late August. Perhaps drill seeded. Results adequate, I think.

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  9. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    So Riggle you post stuff of other ppl jobs lets see your jobs
     
  10. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    If it was me in the last photo. I'd go ahead and broadcast new seed into the thin areas... Yes, it is likely that the KBG hasn't really started to germinate and there is more to come, but "What IF..."??
    A few handfulls of seed properly placed may mean the difference between "adequate' and percieved "Failure"... over-all I'd say this lawn succeeds, but the question will be "How Full?"... thanks for the photos and the thread... :)
     

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