What is the best way to sow grass seed

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by nhoj, Aug 24, 2012.

  1. nhoj

    nhoj LawnSite Member
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    I have a lawn that has allot of burn out areas from the drought and heat that we had this Summer and would like to have your openion on what would be the best way to resow these areas without tearing up the lawn?

    Would you use a dethaser/splitseeder or a splitseeder?

    Here in Ohio it should be done before September 15.


    Would like to know what is the best grass seed for clay soil?
     
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,080

    The simplest thing is to run over the ground with a slitseeder that can put the seed 1/4 inch below the surface... tearing up the yard is not necessary, unless you want to aerate it to break up the clay, first...
     
  3. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    A professional with slit seeder is best. Start now so that the soil temp is warm--that results in quick germination--about a week if you can keep it moist. Use plenty of seed as some may not germinate. Include starter fertilizer. Seed right on top of crabgrass if necessary. Crabgrass slows down as the weather cools off--and is killed by frost about mid October. Plan to add a fertilizer to build turf thickness in September and again in October.

    Do not wait until spring as spring seeding interferes with the use of crabgrass control products.
     

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