where to get grass seed

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  1. mike lane lawn care

    mike lane lawn care LawnSite Bronze Member
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    where do you guys get your grass seed? i get mine at home depot, bt boy is it expensive, is there anywhere that i can get bulk seed?
     
  2. blakeg314

    blakeg314 LawnSite Member
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    dude, LESCO
    You have a warehouse about an hour away from you in Albany, NY.
    Other then that check to see if you have a landscape sluppy store around Lenox. Here in Framingham theres a couple places.
     
  3. Soupy

    Soupy LawnSite Gold Member
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    look in the phone book for a seed house. Make sure you tell them you own a landscape business to get the best price.
     
  4. mike lane lawn care

    mike lane lawn care LawnSite Bronze Member
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  5. Soupy

    Soupy LawnSite Gold Member
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    You should get the commercial price if you own a lawn care business. Your best bet is to call them. I use Lesco Transition blend and the price is around 85ยข lb. I get close to that price at the local seed house but I like Lesco better.
     
  6. mike lane lawn care

    mike lane lawn care LawnSite Bronze Member
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    thanks guys, and another question, how much seed do you put down per 1,000 square feet?
     
  7. LawnScenes

    LawnScenes LawnSite Member
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    Landscape Supply Inc and Wetzel Inc.
     
  8. LawnScenes

    LawnScenes LawnSite Member
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    I put down 7.8 pounds of the blend I use to hydro seed.
     
  9. Soupy

    Soupy LawnSite Gold Member
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    Depends on the type of seed? Tall fescue is around 5-7lbs per 1,000.
     
  10. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    dunno exactly as I do most of mine by the acre (1/4 acre, 1/3 acre, 1/2 acre, etc)...
    But here's a guide and let me see if I can do something per k-foot:

    One acre = 43,560 square feet.
    100 pounds is considered a light overseed for a one-acre lot.
    150 pounds is considered a mid-range overseed for the same 1-ac. lot.
    200 pounds is considered a heavy overseed for this same lot.

    So, for 1/2 acre (21k-22k) 50-100 lbs, uhmm....wait I can get this:
    2.5 - 5 pounds per 1000 square feet ?
    uhm.... 43,560 / 1k = 43.56 * 5 (heavy) = 218 pounds per acre @ 5lbs / k.

    ok so let's try 4.5 pounds... 43.56 x 4.5 = 196 pounds per acre (closer).

    So roughly:
    2.25 pounds per k.sq.foot is a light overseed.
    3.375 (3 1/3) pounds per k.sq.foot is a medium overseed.
    4.5 pounds per k.sq.foot is a heavy overseed.

    But:
    1/4 acre 25-50 pounds depending.
    1/3 acre 50 pounds.
    1/2 acre 50-100 pounds depending.
    2/3-3/4 acre 100 pounds.
    Full acre 100-200 pounds depending.

    I did my own acre lot with 100 pounds and it made a difference.
    I used Kentucky 31 Gold at 60 dollars / 50 pounds but hearing this 85c stuff is making me think I need to look harder.
    Yes I hate using this 0.4% weed matter stuff too but the landscape supply place wants 75 for their 50 pound bags, I can't deal with that.

    p.s.: If you want guaranteed results, always use the heavy formula and you really almost can't go wrong. With the light formula it is for folks who either have a bit of a money issue or already have a well-established lawn. Light still makes a diff, you can always go medium as well, that does pretty good even on all dirt lots.
    p.s.s.: germ.rate makes a BIG difference. The difference between Ky 31's 80% stuff and a quality 90% seed is almost double the grass, I mean it makes that much a difference. Ky's gold is 85% germ thou I don't like their % seed matter, it is the highest.
     

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