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Planting grass seed this late in the year?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by zippoz, May 23, 2005.

  1. zippoz

    zippoz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    a customer of mine wants a price for sod instilation and for grass seed instalaion. i told him that this late in the year, seed would not ba a good idea, and that sod would be the best bet.

    its a total of 3324 square feet, in 8 different areas.
    for the sod i told him that it would be $1300 with my expenses around $750
    But im not sure what to sharge for grass seeding, i havent done it before.

    im in chicago and we get really sporadic weather. im afraid that one day that at this point of the year seeding woule not be effective, or turn out good.

    so what im asking is,
    1) should i seed,
    2) how do i go about doing it?
  2. Grass Masters

    Grass Masters LawnSite Member
    from NC
    Messages: 85

    I dont know your zone but can you use a summer Rye grass to seed it

    Here we can get that to grow in the warm months and it will start dying off about the time we start seeding in the fall and it is an annual grass so no fears of it comming back next summer and hurting anything

    Unless the customer has Irrigation there ia no way I will sod anything

    Also your sod price is really cheap just hope that they dont want it
  3. marko

    marko LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 963

    No matter what they do, they are going to have to water. If they dont do that they are going to come back to you and want their money back. Your best bet is renting a slit seeder and overseeding late summer when it is cool enough during the day to keep from burning but long enough to let it grow and survive in the winter. I would think late Aug/early Sept. Bluegrass/perennial rye grass mix (majority blue). It takes up to 21 days for it to even emerge from seed so keep that in mind.
  4. blkberry

    blkberry LawnSite Member
    Messages: 38

    I just seeded a new area at my home, temps have been mid80 to mid 90. Seed is germinating very well thank you. Straw and H2O. :alien:
  5. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Be ready for weeds to show up since you used straw...
  6. ajmctree

    ajmctree LawnSite Member
    Messages: 68

    Just hydroseeded my front and back lawn last saturday (May 15 ) and temps haven't been above 70 yet and starting to to get growth already.
    rye,blue grass,fescue mix .
  7. Grass Masters

    Grass Masters LawnSite Member
    from NC
    Messages: 85

    NOT TURE Straw is not what causes the weeds (hell the only weed that the straw could cause is what ever the straw is made from......Other than that the main reason people get weeds when sewing a new lawn is either 1. Using cheap seed or 2 not preparing the surface right
  8. marko

    marko LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 963

    Or seeds in bird crap, the wind, etc, etc, etc. Any seeds attached to the straw and make it to the soil is fair game. Got to remember it is nothing but soil. You are wide open for weeds
  9. joshua

    joshua LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,226

    invest in hoses, sprinkler heads, and y or 4 hose connections. i have about 15 hoses and twice as many heads some with timers the rest without. the sprinklers reach up to 8500 sq. ft. full circle and the hoses are 120'' 3/4 heavey duty rubber. all seeding jobs spring, summer, fall get hose and sprinkler rental and i set up all the heads and sprinklers. i explain how it works so they can water ( if it doesn't rain ). never had a complaint about renting the hoses and heads yet, just compliments. also in the summer we rent them out if there is drought and the customer doesn't have a sprinkler system.

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