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Is it too late to seed in Pacific NW???

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by bobvin, Sep 23, 2008.

  1. bobvin

    bobvin LawnSite Member
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    I've been working an area about 4500 sq ft to increase the lawn area of my home. I have a small tractor, graded, installed about 350 ft of French Drain, 45 ft of channel drains, and some other major drain work to keep all the rain and neighbor's runoff out of the soil profile. I've laid down 6 inches of sandy topsoil, installed several sprinkler zones, and am pretty much ready to seed the lawn with a custom bluegrass (90%) and rye (10%) blend. (Bluegrass usually not best in our area, but OK, and with this much prep, soil, and sunny site I figured it would be a good choice.)

    I'm just outside Seattle. Rainy season is just upon us. We don't get frost here until late November typically.

    As the bluegrass will take up to 28 days to germinate, that won't leave much time for growth before soil temps cool and growth slows for the winter.

    If I wait until next year I'll need to put down an erosion blanket as there is a slight slope. Or should I seed and put down the straw blanket now?

    (Sorry for the cross post, I also put this in the homeowner's forum.)

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