Turfco LS-22

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by grassmasterswilson, Sep 10, 2013.

  1. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Is the seed. Setting chart on this machine accurate when putting out fescue seed? I've sold a few slit seeding jobs this year and will be renting one. This will be my first attempt at slit seeding and hope to get some good pics to compare it against regular core aeration
     
  2. foreplease

    foreplease LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Sorry I do not know tha answer but will be interested in your pictures comparing methods. I would trust a chart from Turfco a lot sooner than I would some of the more commonly found rental machines, especially if it has different settings for different seed types.
     
  3. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    A comparison would be interesting indeed. What settings are you going to use? Get photos and let us know what works. Which machine is better?

    Seed size varies--the chart must--of course, be approximate.
     
  4. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I will be reseeding with fescue and normally apply at 6 lbs per 1000.

    My normal process is starter, core aerate, apply seed.

    My thoughts with slit seeder is to seed and then fertilize.

    I've never tried it before but am figuring on slit seeding at 3 lb per 1000 and going at right angles? Is that necessary? One direction at 6 lbs? Trying not to start another slit seeding thread.
     
  5. foreplease

    foreplease LawnSite Bronze Member
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    2 passes at 3# will probably get better results than 1 at 6#. It's a lot more work but...
     
  6. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    I usually seed a KBG/Per Rye mix with my Turfco slice seeder BUT I can tell you the chart is WAY, WAY off on rates. Probably will be for you too. You will likely need to dial the gap way down from the chart to be accurate.

    For example, I like to run 5-6 lbs/K for slice overseed jobs (existing turf). Most of the time I do 1/2 rate with passes at an angle to each other. I usually have to run my seeder at a '2' setting to get the right rate. Full rate seeding I am at a 3-4. Seed chart says like an 8 or 10 or something. Just way off.
     
  7. turfcobob

    turfcobob LawnSite Senior Member
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    What DA and Forplease said. The settings on the LS-22 are calculated settings. Seed changes so much there is no way to be accurate on settings. They are there to get you close. For best results know how much seed you will need and plan to do the seeding in two passes at 45 degrees to each other. After the first full pass you check your seed left. More than half cut the rate for the second pass it it is less than half then open the setting. This theory works on all seeders.
     
  8. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yeah, start off lean and open it up from there. Not vice versa or you will have seed thicker than a hair on a doggie.
     
  9. turfcobob

    turfcobob LawnSite Senior Member
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    Someday I will have to print the story of my wife and her ryegrass overseeding out here in AZ last winter. It is a hoot and she learned about ryegrass as I sat back and laughed out loud....
     
  10. foreplease

    foreplease LawnSite Bronze Member
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    How is your first draft coming? You got the pump primed now. Spill it:)
     

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