Dormant winter seed sown

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  1. RigglePLC

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    I planted perennial ryegrass, fine fescue and tall fescue November 12, as an experiment. Additional seed will be planted in winter on top of the snow and in early spring.
    Half of the perennial rye plot was treated with Milorganite.
    Results should be visible in spring.

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  2. Eric502

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    Ill be curious to watch this
     
  3. Trees Too

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    Ditto! Thumbs Up
    With the general rule of "stop seeding about 2-weeks before the first freeze", it will be interesting to see what amount of germination (if any) that you get in the spring!

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    RigglePLC

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    I added an extra plot with Milorganite as starter fert--to equal about 35 pounds per thousand sqft. (Bag suggests 36 pounds). Perennial rye was seeded on top of the soil-Milorganite plot. This was followed by a brief snow squall which amounted to about an inch. Mostly bare sandy soil due to shade. Temperature about 33 F.

    True; this test is essentially the same as in 2017.

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  5. Trees Too

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    Spring green-up Rig!
    So what are the Test Plot results looking like thus far???
     
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    RigglePLC

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    High temp last week was 75. It is 51 today. Our season is about average. Four species of grass were sown in November, January and March. It is about time for the first mowing of the year on established lawns. This week dandelions appeared for the first time. Violets in bloom. This is to give you an idea of the season compared to yours, independent of your state location.

    The tallest perennial rye was seeded November 12, 2018. This week it had germinated and grown to about 1.5 inches tall. See photos. Perennial rye seeded in January (on top of snow) and March germinated, however it was only about 60 percent as tall.
    Tall fescue and fine fescue germinated, but had less growth.

    Kentucky bluegrass has germinated to some degree--but it is sparse and tiny--so far.

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    Very unusual and unseasonable--we expect snow tonight--it should melt within 12 hours.
     
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    RigglePLC

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    It did snow--but all melted. Here is a photo of the Kentucky bluegrass sown March 16, 2019. The new sprouts are still small.
    The first mowing of established lawns a few feet away will happen in a couple days.
    47 F. here at the moment.

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    RigglePLC

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    Winter seeding 2018/19, result in spring, 2019. The plot on the left had perennial rye plus 2 ounces Milorganite, (about 28 pounds per thousand sqft). The November seeding looked slightly more thick and healthy. The January seed sown on top of snow was slightly less strong. Of the different species, turf-type tall fescue looked the strongest.
    Lines were added to the photograph. At this date, most nearby lawns had been mowed two times so far. Temperature at time of photo was about 70. Not irrigated, but rains were frequent.
    It appears that for non-irrigated sites, fall, winter or early spring produce adequate results. There was not much difference from the addition of Milorganite fertilizer--so far.
    The tiny one foot square plot of Kentucky bluegrass, near the "March" label was hardly visible.
    The grass to the left of the plot was left over from a ryegrass test in the fall of 2018.

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