So I overseeded a lawn 3 weeks ago..

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by B&Clawncare, May 12, 2013.

  1. B&Clawncare

    B&Clawncare LawnSite Member
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    Guy called me today and said nothing has germinated. I put quality KGB down with a slit seeder and put down starter fert.

    I live in central Iowa.

    He wants me to come take a "look"
    He's been watering like I said to.


    What should I do next?
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  2. B&Clawncare

    B&Clawncare LawnSite Member
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    This was about three weeks ago
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  3. Joey waid

    Joey waid LawnSite Member
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    I have had seed almost take a month to poke it little head out. It's weird to me I can plant same seed in diffeant areas and they will be weeks a part. I guess it's water,sun and depth of seed bed. Who knows? Not me anyways.
     
  4. B&Clawncare

    B&Clawncare LawnSite Member
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    Should I have him continue to water twice a day?
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  5. Joey waid

    Joey waid LawnSite Member
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    The ground needs to be damp not wet, you will ruin the seed with too much water.
     
  6. B&Clawncare

    B&Clawncare LawnSite Member
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    I have him doing twice a day at 10 minutes
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  7. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    In the midwest,,, it is seldom that the seed needs daily watering at all, let alone twice a day... I think the seed has undergone the 'change' from dormant to ready, so I'd let the ground dry and warm and at that point you should see germination...

    Is this a complete renovation or is there grass growing amongst the seeded area???
     
  8. B&Clawncare

    B&Clawncare LawnSite Member
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    Some grass. Not much
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  9. Mike NY

    Mike NY LawnSite Member
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    Correct me if I'm wrong, KGB takes 21-28 days for germination.
    What are the soil temps? I believe seed likes 60 deg's plus for best germination.
    Hope there were no pre-m's put down before or after.
    Be patient...
     
  10. Smallaxe

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    Be patient and let it warm and dry a bit... What kind of soil is it???

    The biggest issue with how often to water seed depends mostly upon the soil and its 'water/air ratio' and how long they stay in balance... [for exa.: ...water holding capacity chokes out the air for 8 hrs, then as air begins to move back into the soil it gets hit with another irrigation event, is NOT a good thing...]]

    Do you have clay, sand or loam???
     

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