If you were to overseed in early Spring.. How early would you? Maryland

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Lawn-Scapes, Jan 5, 2002.

  1. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    What would be the deciding factor.. temp., ground thawing, rain?

    I have 2 customers that want aeration & seeding in the spring..

    March 1st too early?
  2. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
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    I will not pretend to know anything about Maryland. But, from spring seeding experience, I can say get it down just as soon as possible. As soon as the ground will allow you to aerate and the temps will stay above freezing during the day get it out. It needs as much time before the summer heat and dry conditions show up. The root system needs to get established.
  3. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    Thanks for the reply..

    Okay..new question. How long does it take for the root system to establish?
  4. GroundKprs

    GroundKprs LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What type(s) of grass are you seeding? And what is your average rainfall total in March? Does the soil surface stay moist all during March, or are you warm enough then that surface dries out between rain events?
  5. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    TSG, I would wait until the Forsythia is almost done blooming before doing any overseeding. Even at this point in time it is a crap shoot as to whether or not we will get frosts and freezes that will kill the new grass plants.

    I would certainly tell the customer that you will overseed but there is no guaranty that the grass will live. It usually does not make it through the summer even with an irrigation system. Been there, done that.

    Your need to make sure your customer knows that portions of Maryland are in a transition zone between warm and cool season turfs and it can be difficult to get either established.
  6. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
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    Very true, I forgot to mention something along these lines. During spring overseeding I always tell them "no guarentee".

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