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Winter Rye Grass

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Grant1, Jan 5, 2011.

  1. Grant1

    Grant1 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 11

    I overseeded approx 11 acres on Dec 23. This was followed by a little rain and freezing temps into the 20's. Now almost 2 weeks later no evidence on germination. Any help would be appreciated.
  2. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,768

    Be patient--the cold set it back. Did you plant 100 seeds in a coffee mug in your office--as a check to be sure the seed is good? I am not from Florida. What variety? What soil prep? Broadcast or slit seed? Is the underlying orginial turf Bermuda? If no rain--result will be slow--can you irrigate? Can you dig up a sqft of sod and move it inside to determine what would happen if kept warm and wet?
  3. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,081

    A "little rain"... ? Has it rained, or been irrigated over the past 2 weeks?
  4. Premier landscaping south

    Premier landscaping south LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 534

    I know it's a longshot but what about pre-emergent being present before seeding?
  5. zturncutter

    zturncutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,308

    The 10lbs I put out around a paver patio job around thanksgiving took almost 3 weeks to germinate, the unusual cold and little precip., until today, has slowed germination down most likely. Sometimes though you can be buying old seed.
  6. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,542

    thats my vote, moisture during germination process is as important as sunlight and proper temperature
  7. Grant1

    Grant1 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 11

    Thanks guys We had some rain and hope to get more. Maybe that will do it.

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