Lawn Renovation Question

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Premo Services, Oct 8, 2005.

  1. Premo Services

    Premo Services LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,516

    I have a customer that just had a deck, etc added to his home and he wants me to seed areas.
    They used a dozer to fill in the areas and make levels for the lawn.
    Would I use an aerator and slit seeder or something else to prepare the ground for seed?
  2. LawnGrassHoppers

    LawnGrassHoppers LawnSite Member
    Messages: 40

    Just Use Lesco Seed And Start Fert. Never Use Straw For The Cover Because It Takes Time To Rake Back The OlD Straw For The Grass To Keep Growing. Use Peet Moss For The Covering Of The Seed Its Organic And Theres No Raking Of Straw. And Peet Moss Neutralizes The Ground Were You Planted The Seed (meAning Acid's,ph Levels,and So On )you Will Also Need And Hand Spreader For The Seed.
  3. Mscotrid

    Mscotrid LawnSite Bronze Member
    from USA
    Messages: 1,456

    I would also think about adding a bio degradable mulch blanket on the bare ground over the seed. It will aid in your germination and provide soil stability if you receive too much rain.
  4. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,899

    If the area was heavily compacted I would roto-till to loosen the top 4"-6" of soil aerating would be my secomd choice. but that compaction will come back and bite you if its been heavy.
  5. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,496

    Ever notice that it's the irrigation trenches that have the quickest and thickest germination of seed? It's like rototilling a controlled slit and shows some of the advantages. :D
  6. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,496

    Like others have already stated, seed bed preparation is the key. Prepare a nice bed (allows better seed-to-soil contact) with amendments and then top dress. The extra work and expense will be well worth it in the long run.

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