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Hydroseeding Question

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by PT777, Sep 20, 2012.

  1. Cadzilla

    Cadzilla LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 903

    Good lord. What a disaster.

    A friend of mine does it the same way. I'm trying to convince him on the benefits of Machine or Slit seeding.

    Thats some old school lawn seeding right there.

  2. Cadzilla

    Cadzilla LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 903

    If it was 1955, I'd agree. :D

    Messages: 1,343

    Why would you slit seed if the client wanted the existing turf gone?
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  4. Turboguy

    Turboguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,972

    It's been pretty rainy and cold in this area. Considering the wet weather he had to work with and assuming he isn't done it looks pretty good to me. Without the tire tracks it looks better than 90 percent of the conditions people expect me to seed with.
  5. PT777

    PT777 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    He is going to do do more passes in other direction tomorrow (Monday) and also have 14-16yrds of new soil brought in as well. Tire tracks are on existing lawn/soil as of today. I hope this all turns out well in an entire new lawn. He has been doing lawn care for 20+ years so I think it will. Gonna seed with a 60% rye and 40% KBG I think. Its up to me to make the decision tomorrow. Said KBG will take up to 5 weeks to germinate and I kinda want grass this year.
  6. Turboguy

    Turboguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,972

    You would have grass this year. The bluegrass germinates slow but the rye is a fast germinating seed that will give you grass in a week or two and help keep everything in place while the bluegrass is waiting to germinate.

    Most everyone here, (since I am only 20 miles away it would be applicable) uses a very similar mix except with some fescue inlcuded but his mix is fine. He is doing a great job. His process is not out of 1955. I don't think Harley Rakes were even invented in 1955. Most guys in 1955 used box scrapers and york rakes to landscape which few do now.

    95 % of all prep work in this area is done using either a Harley Rake or a Rockhound. His equipment is state of the art.
  7. PT777

    PT777 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    Thanks for all the info. Heres what the seed farm is selling me:
    75lbs mix of:

    20% Apple or Homerun (Rye?)
    20% Manhattan or Protege (Rye?)
    20% Paragon (Rye?)
    20% Denim or Raven Blue (KBG?)
    20% Nublue KY Blue

    Front yard gets 5hrs of direct sunlight.

    Heres a pic today of 14yrd of new screened soil.

    Hydroseeding today. Hope it works out:

  8. Turboguy

    Turboguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,972

    He is doing a nice job. I wish more of the lawns I hydroseed looked like yours is going to look like.

    The seed mix is fine for this area. That is actually a fairly premium mix.
  9. PT777

    PT777 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21


    I just got the tag off the bag of seed:

    20% Patriot 4 Rye
    20% Stellar GL Rye
    20% Wild Horse BG
    20% Homegrown BG
    20% Gaelic BG

    all from Oregon. Hope this mix turns out well. Thanks for all of your input. Will post pics as grass germinates!
  10. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,719

    Here is a link for Stellar GL perennial rye. The GL means resistance to Gray Leaf spot. A very important premium feature. It also claims to have good tolerance to transition zone conditions--like heat.


    And here is the info on Patriot 4. It also looks excellent. However it claims "good transition"...I think...that means when used to overseed Bermuda golf courses in the south...that it dies out easily in the heat, next summer so it does not interfere with the Bermuda when the summer heat starts. I am not sure if I like that or not.

    Also it is listed as sold out for the year. Probably due to the heavy demand due to so much lawn reseeding going on this year.
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2012

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