How to reseed this yard?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by DiMassa33, Aug 24, 2006.

  1. DiMassa33

    DiMassa33 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 38

    this is a yard in bad shape and i was just wondering what you guys would do to reseed it, if you would dig a the grass up with a shovel and then rototill it?
    Please leave me answers, im in desperate need.

  2. Reliable1

    Reliable1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    First I would spray and kill any weeds that may be in the lawn. Second, I would aerate and overseed with the type of grass (fescue?) and then topdress with compost. Depends on the customer and how much they want to put into the lawn also.
  3. jeffex

    jeffex LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,933

    spray for weeks now wait 2 wks and aerate, seed[25 lbs for 1/4 acre] , starter fertilizer, and lime if needed.$350
  4. upidstay

    upidstay LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,605

    Ditto. Except I'd spray (round up), aerate, compost, drag in the compost, then overseed.
  5. turfcobob

    turfcobob LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 878

    Aerate the devil out of it..4 or 5 times, wait for the cores to dry some then overseed with whatever blend you want or the customer wants. Be sure to seed two directions putting down 50% of the total application. Dont worry about what is there now a double pass with a good seedeer like the Turfco will slow them down alot. Keep the lawn damp till the new plants sprout. Then do a watering longer but everyother day..Not too much make the plants work for the water. After the first mowing go to every third day

    A week After planting. come back with a good starter fert. Any sooner and you will be feeding the existing plants.

    I have done this procedure many times and it works great for me. I use a equal blend of Perinnial rye, blue and fescue..
    Turfco Bob
  6. mmacsek

    mmacsek LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 549

    What kind of compost are you using and how are you dragging it in? Thanks Matt
  7. korelandscaping

    korelandscaping LawnSite Member
    from ct
    Messages: 61

    No compost needed...Aerate the heck out of the lawn, over seed and starter fert in one shot. (maybe slice seed in really bare areas) As long as the client waters, you'll have no problem germinating the seed this time of the season. A winter fert really isn't needed because the fertility levels should be enough before the fall time hits. Maybe a lime app might be necessary pending a soil sample. Knock out any weeds in late spring if needed and a couple rounds of pre-m or dimension to control crabgrass in early and late spring.

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