First time slit seeding, boy did that suck

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by cscott711, Apr 4, 2010.

  1. cscott711

    cscott711 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    I guess I was under the impression that the slit seeder I rented was self-propelled. Boy was I wrong. That was one heck of a work out. Something I never want to do again. My lawn was cut short, about 2.5 inches, but I guess the thatch was pretty thick. It felt like I was trying to push a stroller through sand for 4 hours. I got almost a 1/2 acre done and I just couldn't do any more. I ended up going backwards and then forwards for each row as it was nearly impossible to just push it straight forward continuously. The only good thing is that it acted a lot like a de-thatcher and I got a whole bunch of dead grass and crap out of the lawn.

    For future reference, does anyone know if they make a self-propelled walk-behind slit seeder? It almost seems like it would be better to dethatch and then just overseed? This was some serious frickin work that I wasn't expecting, haha.
  2. Shegardi

    Shegardi LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 201

    There are quite a number of self propelled slit seeders. Lawn Solutions makes a decent one, check more rental yards. Personally, IF I got it home and found out is was a push, I would have turned around and took it back.
  3. irishcreek95

    irishcreek95 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 35

    I have been looking at renting one from a local rental company, all they have is sefk propelled, didn't know they made a push. You are in a lot better shape them me. I tired just thinking about it
  4. EastCoast

    EastCoast LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 311

    I purchased Lawn Solutions Turf Revitilizer (slit seeder/dethatcher) and the product it totally amazing.
    I highly recommend you rent one.... you will not be disappointed.
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  5. GrassStitcher

    GrassStitcher LawnSite Member
    Messages: 124

    Try a double Grass Stitcher if you have smaller areas or if you want a tool that you can buy once and not have to rent. Its not a renovator but it can repair a lot of area in short time at much less expense, it's easier to use than you may think.
  6. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,266

    OP you got that right. I have slit seeded a few lawns for $$ with a rental Bluebird. You get a tiny bit of assist out of the blades going forward, BUT, those things wear you out fast. I won't do over 4-5K sq ft with them.

    Same goes for the Bluebird powerrake. What a piece of junk.

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