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Seed germination

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Gabby, Apr 16, 2013.

  1. maynardGkeynes

    maynardGkeynes LawnSite Senior Member
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    @GrassGuerill: Have you had any problems with the straw not degrading after a while. I had that problem in one yard, the straw I got was very stalky and seemed not to want to break down.
     
  2. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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  3. Gabby

    Gabby LawnSite Member
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    We went from seed germination to the battle of compost vs. straw. Cool. Back to seed germination..... Today is day 32. We are finally getting some rain here. I am just going to let nature take over now. What ever happens happens. Looks like shite like the rest of the lawn but oh well. Live and learn. God I wish there was actually a lawn service that knew lawns in my area.
     
  4. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    You need to do your seeding/overseeding in the fall, as that is the time when it is most appropriate for cool season grasses, particularly the further north you go.
     
  5. maynardGkeynes

    maynardGkeynes LawnSite Senior Member
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    These last few days have been pretty good for me in DC in terms of germination -- good moisture/sprinkles but not heavy downpours, scattered sunshine, cool days but not frigid at night like last two weeks. It looks like where you are has been in somewhat the same weather pattern. The midnight KBG I planted 3 weeks ago has suddenly popped over the last 3 days and nights. Hopefully, you will start seeing that too with your grass, if you have not already.
     
  6. Gabby

    Gabby LawnSite Member
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    Yes I know this. Did not get to it in the fall. So this spring I did it because I was tired of going through holes with the Scag.
     
  7. GrassGuerilla

    GrassGuerilla LawnSite Bronze Member
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    It shouldn't be a problem. If its really noticeable, you may be putting down too much straw. I've seen straw in the thatch that was several years old, and pretty well established. And yeah, some straw is better than others. Possibly the biggest advantage to using straw is a visual deterrent to foot traffic.
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  8. GrassGuerilla

    GrassGuerilla LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yes sir, that is exactly what I mean.

    As a life long aquarium hobbyist, I've read hundreds of books on fish. Their behavior, mating practices, diet etc. Actual observation and hands on experience often differ from the text. Turns out fish don't read, and therefore have no idea how they are supposed to behave. Not saying Straw doesn't work. Just that sometimes the conventional methods aren't the most effective.
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  9. Gabby

    Gabby LawnSite Member
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    So here is an update how it looks today, day 38. 4 weeks since germination. I mowed it with my push mower. Did not want the Scag on it yet. Pictures of the same 3 areas I posted above on page 2. Still looks like shite, but has gotten a lot better. You guys think it will eventually fill in all the way?

    Seeded Area 1a.jpg

    Seeded Area 2a.jpg

    Seeded Area 3a.jpg
     
    Last edited: May 15, 2013
  10. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    Looks like there is a lot of lime in the areas that haven't filled in.
     

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