overseeding/slince seeding

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Keegan, Sep 6, 2006.

  1. Keegan

    Keegan LawnSite Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 614

    Wha'ts the difference between overseeding and slice seeding?
  2. BeautifulBlooms

    BeautifulBlooms LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 613

    Overseeding would be to simply spread the grass seed across the surface of the lawn. It wont be all that effective because there is no seed/soil contact. That is why some guys will core aerate and then overseed because the seed will fall into the aeration holes, and the soil plugs left on the surface will also break apart through mowing thus covering up the seed. The most effective way to get good grass seed germination is to slitseed, they can be rented from most equipment rental places you could get aerators. It is a series of vertical blades that cuts into the soil surface and the bets option is an slicer that has a seed hopper because you can accomplish everything all in one step. Saves you time and makes you more money!

    Hope that helps
  3. turfcobob

    turfcobob LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 878

    Overseeding is the term used to describe the operation of seeding over an existing growth. No matter the method or equipment. A slicer seeder, Slicing seeder, Verticut Seeder are types of equipment used to accomplish a good overseeding. As BeautifulBlooms said to go out and seed over existing growth without cutting it in is in fact "feeding the Birds" Your seed becomes bird food as it just lays on top of the growth.

    To get seed to germinate and become a plant it has to have seed-soil contact. You have to get it past the organic layer or thatch on top and down to the dirt (soil). This is what you use a good quality SLICING SEEDER to accomplish. Slicing seeding works evern better if you aerate before putting as many holes in as you can. The Slicing Seeder will break up the plugs move seeds to the holes and cover some with dirt. Much better germination will result. See Lawn Overseeder at Turfco.com or call 800-679-8201

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