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Frost Seeding

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by beaglegun, Nov 19, 2007.

  1. beaglegun

    beaglegun LawnSite Member
    Messages: 91

    Anybody had any luck frost seeding Ky bluegrass? If so when,Feb? Do you believe in paying attention to moon phases?

    The same question with per rye?
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    There are a number of different strategies to off season seeding and it has been successful many times.

    The criteria - for fall sowing is that - it is dormancy for everything and possibly frozen soil but before the snow. Springtime is sowing on the ground before it thaws and the freezing/thawing cycle plants the seed and gets it ready for sprouting once the soils temps and moisture levels are correct.

    The danger is the seed being pushed into puddles or drain areas of free running water over the frozen turf. It is used for any seed that grows around here.
    good luck and don't be afraid to experiment on level areas.
  3. JimmyStew

    JimmyStew LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 367

    I just finished seeding a small section of new lawn yesterday. The top 1" to 2" of subsoil was frozen. I spread a couple of inches of new loam, seeded and put a good layer of straw over it. That should freeze up good and in the spring when the snow melts, the seed will soak up all that water and sprout like crazy!

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