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Fescue overseed rate

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by grassmasterswilson, Sep 20, 2012.

  1. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
    Messages: 4,923

    Curious what rate everyone uses for overseeding after aeration. I've always tried to get 5 lb/1000 bit have considered going higher.
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  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    I only overseed areas that need overseeding... when I aerate the turf it is for getting water, ferts and ammendments down into the root zones... areas of bare ground get chewed up a little more that the thick grass and I broadcast the dirt with enough seed to cover at least half the dirt... then I may leave it sit on top and let water work it in,,, I may use a garden weasel to work it in,,, or possibly rake it in depending on the tilth of the soil loosened up at the surface and what is most cost effective...

    If I needed to calculate over 1000 sq.ft.,,, I would bother aerating at all... what for??? :)
  3. tebletlawns

    tebletlawns LawnSite Member
    Male, from Lansing, KS
    Messages: 157

    Usually 8# per k. Sometimes I go up to 10/k
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  4. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    That's about right for bare soil, brand new lawns... no wonder the cost of seed is so high... :)

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