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Late seeding ?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Jimbo, Oct 29, 2003.

  1. Jimbo

    Jimbo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,093

    What is the latest you ever seeded a property? I have to demo a 10x10 shed and then plant grass. I just got the call and scheduled it for next Thursday.

  2. Blades of Steel

    Blades of Steel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 599

    my bag of seed says not to seed when temp is consistantly below 40. I have never attempted to do it this late.
  3. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    Jimbo, as long as the seed is in the soil and not on top of it you should be okay. Mix in some annual rye and they will have green in about a week. Oh, and the seed must be watered daily for about 2 weeks.
  4. Scraper

    Scraper LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,656

    do it quick...temps for the next week are supposed to be in the high 60s...still don't think you'll get optimal germination unless you go all rye although what doesn't germinate this year should come up springtime...
  5. newleaflandscape

    newleaflandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 348

    my rule is never after october 15
  6. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    richard martin got it right. as a rule, never after oct. 15th, however, i have, upon request seeded as late as 2 weeks before thanksgiving, with fresh soil, and had nice grass by thanksgiving day, and it is still there
  7. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,810

    Jimbo... Why not use sod? 100 square feet will only cost you around $20.
  8. pike

    pike LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    Jimbo,you can sow seed about anytime,but for it to germinate,
    temperature and moisture need to be right. If you do happen
    to sow late most will still come up in the spring. Annual rye
    is a quick effective fix.
  9. Jimbo

    Jimbo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,093

    Thanks for the replies!! Very good information from all.

    I will go with a heavy rye mix because this is a daycare center and the kids will have a mud hole if the grass doesnt peek through quickly. Whats the best top dressing for quick germination? How about fresh grass clippings?? J.K.
    I do use clippings for small spots and they work great.

    To be honest I have never messed with sod, and I am a little intimidated. How do you dig out the area for sod so that the old and new grass is the same height?

  10. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    For a top dressing I use a material called "Compro". Basically it's a compost and soil mix. Anyplace that sells bulk mulch will usually have it.

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