Fall Overseeding

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by zinkjo, Aug 21, 2005.

  1. zinkjo

    zinkjo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 98

    I'm adding fall overseeding to my services provided this year.
    I've already purchased a Plugr aerator and blueBird powerrake w/seeder attachment.
    My plan is to dethatch with the bluebird then aerate and then overseed/slice seed with the blue bird.
    Where should I get the seed? I've been dealing with Lesco for fertilizer and weed control, but never tried their seed. I'm looking to overseed with tall fescue. Any suggestions on seed or where to purchase?

  2. ProLawns

    ProLawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 476

    Lesco sells seed. I've used their Tri-Gold blend of fescue for the last two years and had good results. I might try a different brand this year something that can withstand the summer stress better.
  3. Mower For Less

    Mower For Less LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 823

    You should not overseed tall fescue into anything but a tall fescue lawn. Try a contractor mix of blue/rye/fescue for general overseeding.

    And Lesco has good seed.

  4. turfcobob

    turfcobob LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 878

    You say you are going to aerate then power rake or dethatch the lawn?

    I advise that you check the lawn for thatch first. More than .5 inch could cause you problems in the long run. Get rid of it first. Then aerate, seed and stir it in with the power rake. By power raking last you sill stir up the seed with dirt and move some of them to the holes. The more holes the better. At least 12 per sq. ft.
    What kind of blades are on the rake? fixed or flail. Fixed give the best cutting action for seeding and cutting slits while the flial are just for general detatching and do not do a good job of opening up the soil.

    Just keep in mind that in cool season grasses like blue and fescue that more than .5 inches of thatch is trouble.


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