small over seeder

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by wrmarch, May 23, 2003.

  1. wrmarch

    wrmarch LawnSite Member
    Posts: 2

    Hey!

    In 2001 I used an over seeder to seed into my existing lawn. The back which has full sun and a sprinkler system looks great.

    My front lawn is half full sun and half shade (oaks and tall cedars)and a sprinkler system. Its my problem, very spotty with patches of dark green grass.

    My question is, is there a small over seeder on the market to rent or should I loosen the soil and sprinkle seed around.

    Thanks
     
  2. Mike Bradbury

    Mike Bradbury LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 493

    Sure you rent overseeders. $120 a day for the nice Ryan Mataway around here. Can also rent a smaller power rake, get the cutting blade, not the swinging hammers. About $40 a day. Either will do the job.
    Make sure you get a shade mix of seed.
     
  3. mr.lawnzap

    mr.lawnzap LawnSite Member
    from tulsa
    Posts: 123

    you can use a rotary-spreader to re-seed, can buy one for30-50 bucks from wal-mart or home depot, aerate youre lawn and then overseed.
     
  4. Mike Bradbury

    Mike Bradbury LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 493

    I've never been happy with the aerate/seed process. To much clumping as the seed only takes in the aeration holes. Got to do something to rough up the soil in the 95% of the area not touched by the plugs. Power rake, THEN aerate, very good.
     
  5. mr.lawnzap

    mr.lawnzap LawnSite Member
    from tulsa
    Posts: 123

    i never have problems with the aeration and seeding process,works great if done properly!
     
  6. Mike Bradbury

    Mike Bradbury LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 493

    So explain how you do it "properly", cause I and the three differnent companies I sub for all consider it unacceptable. Help me out.
     

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