Is turned sod too acidic for seeding?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by CK82, Jun 4, 2008.

  1. CK82

    CK82 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 235

    I have done a few grading jobs where there has been turned over sod pieces just below a thin layer of topsoil. My question is, is the sod too acidic to get seed to grow? I heard that seed wont germinate as a result of this? Anyone ever heard of this before?
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    It is not the acid of the sod [if any acid exists there] it is the decay process of the sod that creates a hostile environment for germination. The seed already sees the "Dance of Death' thing coming and chooses to stay dormant. So to speak.

    The bottom line is: a clean seed bed is a professional seed bed - that people can enjoy the results of for years to come. Stuff rotting and settling below the surface will only give you the 'construction site' reputation.
  3. CK82

    CK82 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 235

    That makes a lot of sense. I appreciate your information.

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