What seed for fescue overseed job?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by nick21, Oct 5, 2008.

  1. nick21

    nick21 LawnSite Member
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    I have about an acre of tall fescue that I want to help along. The lawn is nice but I want it to be nicer. Is is worth it to spend the money on Pennington Smart seed? Or should I only spring for this when I am seeding a new area? Any other ideas?
     
  2. nick21

    nick21 LawnSite Member
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    Anyone? It looks like for one acre I need 9 bags...$450? Will I see a huge improvement?
     
  3. shadowrlc

    shadowrlc LawnSite Member
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    Since noones chiming in, I'll try to help you out. I've never used Pennington seed but if you already have a good stand of fescue you shouldn't have to put more than 4 or 5 lbs/1000 which would put you at 175-225 lbs for an acre. That cost seems a little high to me. I payed about $1.15 a lb for Transitional Blend from Lesco which is about $58 a bag (50lbs). Maybe someone else can help out with Pennington seed but again that seems a little expensive.
     
  4. Barefoot James

    Barefoot James LawnSite Senior Member
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    I would for sure recommend it. I have seen WOW results. I plan on doing over 750,000 sq ft of seeding next fall with it. I'm very impressed with the results of what I have seen and will be doing some late season side by side testing over the next few weeks.
     
  5. nick21

    nick21 LawnSite Member
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    If I can get by with only 4 or 5 lbs per acre I might spring for it. Is good seed just as important for an oversees job?
     
  6. csmlawn

    csmlawn LawnSite Member
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    It's great seed, but damn is it expensive. My local Southern States here in Annapolis, MD sells it for $55 for a 25 lbs bag. I mostly use Rebel Supreme for overseeding and get a few 50 lbs bags for $85 a bag. I may mix in some smart seed in a few of my trouble spots and see how it does.

    Scott
     
  7. Barefoot James

    Barefoot James LawnSite Senior Member
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    Is that a typo? Try 300 to 350 lbs per acre - even pasture seeding requires 25 to 30 lbs per acre - turf seeding is 6 to 10 pounds per 1000 sq ft - 43,500 sq ft in an acre = 261 pounds @ 6 and 435 pounds @ 10.:rolleyes:
     
  8. shadowrlc

    shadowrlc LawnSite Member
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    No typo! I'm talking about over-seeding rates. 4-6 lbs using a TTTF blend is usually recommended for over-seeding existing turf. A few sites actually have as low as 2-3 lbs for overseeding which would seem a little low. I have seen problems over-seeding at higher rates with fescue choking itself out! Just my 2 cents for what its worth! :usflag:
     
  9. Barefoot James

    Barefoot James LawnSite Senior Member
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    Not per acre - thats 43,500 sq ft 4 to 6 pounds of seed on an acre will not do squat. I buy over $10,000 worth of seed per year and TRUST me you have 1000 sq ft and acres mixed up.
     
  10. shadowrlc

    shadowrlc LawnSite Member
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    Check my original post -- 4-6 lbs/1000 or 175-225 lbs per acre. :confused: The OP may be the one confused
     

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