seeding in the spring

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by ant, Jan 13, 2006.

  1. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
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    i hate when a client requested seeding in the spring and the lawn really does not warrant it.
    this one lawn that we do she always requests us to seed in the spring. few yrs. back we did and it was a total disaster.crab popped up big time..well we talked her out of it the past few yrs. and this yr. she wonts us to seed..
    full sun lawn and had limited results with drive in the past..

    how do you guys handle this..?
     
  2. TOMMY1115

    TOMMY1115 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 169

    Don't know what the weather is like in NJ, but if it's anything like rest of the country its some what warm. I'd hold off a few more weeks, maybe mid Feb, and throw the seed down a little heavier than normal. Tell her to water the heck out of it.
    If it has popped up good and she's mowed it a few times, throw down an app of Dimension .21% somewhere late April beg. May. at a rate of 4#/M. Should do the trick for you meaning you should get a decent stand of grass, plus control any crabgrass that might have popped up, plus prevent anymore from popping up.
     
  3. crzymow

    crzymow LawnSite Senior Member
    from Pa
    Posts: 378

    wont get any grass to germinate in NJ until probably late april, depending on the weather.
     
  4. The Cowboy

    The Cowboy LawnSite Senior Member
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    Soil temps need to be 45 and above for any germination. 55 is better.
     
  5. The Ranger

    The Ranger LawnSite Member
    from NE Ohio
    Posts: 208

    how about seeding as normal and applying a starter fert with crabgrass preventer. Usually need 2 apps. Product available @ Lesco, Scotts makes a retail product. This way you can seed and prevent the crab all in one shot. The product won't stop the grass seed from germination.
     
  6. bif

    bif LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Posts: 68

    as said earlier, that is a tupersan/siduron(sp?) product, i don't think the control is all that long. personally, I'm going to do a little more seeding this spring, I'll seed early, and apply dimension a little later, I've done this before and had descent results...But, I'm a homeowner maintaining my own lawn, and my father's, so I can give a little more personal care w/out any extra business expense.

    Steve
     
  7. muddstopper

    muddstopper LawnSite Silver Member
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    You want to bet it wont stop the grass seed from germinating. What preemergent is in the lesco or scotts products.
     
  8. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Posts: 2,572

    In my opinion....spring seeding is problematic at best....
     
  9. jrc lawncare

    jrc lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 420

    Tupersan works well. Have had excellent results when used when seeding in spring.Not sure if it is registered for your state, though.
     

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