Grass seed job..

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by j.p.landscaping, Jul 26, 2004.

  1. j.p.landscaping

    j.p.landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 66

    Well I did just what I tell everyone not to do. I seeded smack dab in the middle of the summer. I always tell my customers that the best time to seed is in the fall or spring. Always do my seed jobs then with no problems. Well stupid me, I did my own lawn (would never do a customers this time of year) and am having a terrible time with it now. Here's what I did...

    My front yard was all off grade. Lack of care from the previous owner made this yard a mess so I brought in 12 yards of 1/4" screened 00 loom, re-graded the whole yard, put down lesco starter fert, lesco seed, sliced it into the loom with my bluebird thatcher which is what I usually do because I can't see spending $1000.00+ on a seed slicer when this does the same thing, and finally rolled everything out.

    It was coming up ok but just in patches. Was'nt coming in full for some reason. Had some good rain last week too. Plenty of sun. Damm birds are having a feast though. Watered 2 times a day when no rain. Well I got so pissed that I did it all over again 3 days ago minus more loom of course. The first job was done about 2 weeks ago and temps were in the mid to high 80's and VERY humid. Been cooler and a little rainny now.

    My buddy told me to put down lime but I was worried that lime might affect the seed.

    Any suggestions????
  2. NNJLandman

    NNJLandman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,306

    Try some putting down some straw, and then maybe lightly lime the grass.

  3. Old Red

    Old Red LawnSite Member
    Messages: 187

    Before you lime, what's the ph?
  4. DO A SOIL TEST!!!!!!!!!!
  5. D Felix

    D Felix LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,898

    Wait a month. Don't be impatient.
  6. Lawnchoice

    Lawnchoice LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 781

    We just completed a job just like yours as much as I hated to.

    It was seeded with Lesco starter fert and Lesco's premium seed with Penn Mulch. The mulch really keeps the birds away and I have had great luck with it in the past.

    We lucked out though, all the rain we have been getting in NH really helped out!

    Hope it's the same for you down south!

  7. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,810

    I did a small grade & seed job Saturday 7/17 for my brother inlaw. I called him up tonite to find out how it was going (he lives 1+ hours away) and he said it's coming in fine... 3+ inches already and thick. I told him to keep watering and hope it survives August :eek:

    Luckily the conditions were ideal the last 2 weeks.

    I used Lesco's stuff too. I also say to have a little more patience. How far down did the thatcher sow the seed into the ground?

    Keep us updated... Good luck.
  8. j.p.landscaping

    j.p.landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 66

    Well it's been raining for 3 and a half days now. I see a little improvement since I re-did everything but no sun for 3 days isin't helping. Hopefully once the sun decides to make an appearance and things dry out a bit well see some germination....

    The thatcher sliced the seed in about an inch to two as far as I could see but those DAMM BIRDS are picking them right out. It's like that Alfred Hitchcock movie over
  9. kickin sum grass

    kickin sum grass LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 628

    It sounds like you planted it to deep. All you needed was about a 1/8-1/4 inch deep not 1 or two inches. The seed maybe rotting before it can reach the soil line. (spend 3 grand and buy the lesco seeder if you are going to do any number of renovations. They kick the bluebirds butt) Also get a soil test. Jusy cuz dirt may look good is no indication of what nutrients it contain. If you don't have enough P, then the seeds will die at germination. That is very possiable why it is patchy.

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