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New seed struggling ....

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by CapeWillard, Jun 17, 2008.

  1. CapeWillard

    CapeWillard LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    Newbie here. I seeded (Jonathan Green Black Beauty) approx 13,000sq.ft at my home 5 weeks ago (Cape Cod, Massachusetts). The soil was decent sandy loam. I did a lot of Bobcat work so I was nervous about the site being too compacted. Because of this I tilled up the entire yard, re-raked and spread the seed w/ a broadcast spreader. I put down a little less than 100lbs of JG Black Beauty seed along w/ JG Starter Fertilizer w/ crab grass preventive. I also applied lime the same day. Germination started on day 9 and has continued slowly. Right now I am a bit disappointed as the entire yard has grass, but it is very thin and seems to be pretty weak. Also, what has come up is growing extremely slow. I don't have any blades longer than 2". I know the current condition of the lawn is due to in part to runoff and the fact the site isn't perfectly level which has created small pockets. I have an irrigation system and have kept the area moist this whole time. I have been watering up to 6 times a day (approx 8 mins each zone) until last week when I decided to cut back a bit and see if that helped. I am at a loss of what to do now. I have kept off the lawn until now b/c I am afraid if I walk on it now it will die under my feet. When I grab a blade of grass it pulls out rather easily. Should I re-seed? If so w/ the same seed or try something different? What about slicing new seed in ... will the machine tear up and kill what I already have? Should I re-apply starter fert? Any ideas? I'm at a loss of what to do here. Thanks for reading.
  2. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    I would certainly hit HARD with starter fert. again, myself. It is overdue.
  3. CapeWillard

    CapeWillard LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    Thanks, Joe. Would you use a starter fert w/ crab grass prev. again or should I try another type? How much do you think I should put down over 12,000sq.ft? Thanks.
  4. vtec94

    vtec94 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    i thought putting crab grass prev will prevent new seed from establishing??
  5. CapeWillard

    CapeWillard LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    I guess that is a common misconception? Or maybe this type of fert is new to the market?? I'm not sure but I am looking at the bag of "Jonathan Green Crabgrass Preventer Plus New Seedling Lawn Fertilizer".
  6. RAlmaroad

    RAlmaroad LawnSite Silver Member
    from SC
    Messages: 2,239

    I'm not familiar with that, so could you list the chem ingredients from the bag. That work "Seedling" bothers me. Seed is not seedling. It may just have a pre-em in it. Hope not.
  7. CapeWillard

    CapeWillard LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    ... didn't mean to bother you, RAImaroa - that's what we call it here. It is a 10-15-10 fert containing Tupersan (Siduron).
  8. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    That is ok. I would stay away from the crabgrass control now, though. Pound it with something like 18-24-12, and watch your watering times. you should be watering a bit deeper by now (to reach the root system). I would love to see some pictures to see just where it is (how far along). You can have a FULL thick lawn by season's end if we do it right.
  9. PSUturf

    PSUturf LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 663

    It's pretty common for grass to germinate, grow about one inch and then just stop and start to turn yellow. It needs fertilizer. This is especially true on a sandy soil because the nitrogen will leach out with all of the irrigation.

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