Dormant seed on snow

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by RigglePLC, Jan 13, 2020.

  1. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Four kinds of seed were sown in November and on top of snow in January.
    True, this is similar to my experiment in 2019.

    The new bag of "Midnight" bluegrass seed arrived this week. The test was expanded to include a plot for "Midnight",(upper left) (Green bag). Clockwise, the other seed was generic bluegrass, Scotts "Sun and Shade" (included because it has lots of perennial rye), fine fescue, and tall fescue blend.

    Not much snow this year. The snow here is mixed with some sleet and ice pellets--only about 1 inch deep. Temperature about 40 F.

    The dark spots in the snow are spots where ice fell off the tree overhead.


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  2. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    Keep the birds out of it. That's like candy to them in the winter.
  3. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
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    Didn’t someone do exactly this last year?

    maybe it was you and this is just year two of the experiment?

    this literally seems like Deja vu
  4. OP

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yup. Almost the same as last year and the year before.
    Winters get boring. LOL!
    Suggestions welcome.
    This year it will be easier to compare different species of grass.
    This year I added the bluegrass "Midnight".
    I increased to about a teaspoon of seed on one square foot--this is about 10 pounds of seed per thousand sqft.
    I have not noticed any birds around the seed.
    Nearby birds are mallard ducks--they were swimming around in the creek.
    And today we got about 4 inches of snow. Seed covered. A bit of rain fell and two more inches expected.
    I plan to plant more seed of four grass species about the week the snow melts. About March 10.
    Stay tuned.
  5. OP

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Winter can be boring.
    However, I planted Midnight (a top Kentucky bluegrass variety), on January 13. This is indoors in paper cups in natural soil. This includes: under thatch and 3 different depths under the soil, and an "aeration hole".
    It has finally sprouted! New sprouts appeared at 8 days--tallest was about 2 mm,(sown at 1/4 inch deep).
    The temperature was about 68 degrees. I suspect the seed would have sprouted a bit sooner at 80 degrees F.

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