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Power Seeders

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by superbee, Mar 17, 2005.

  1. superbee

    superbee LawnSite Member
    Messages: 79

    I'm still new at this so bear with me. Tuesday, I power seeded about 20,000 S.F. of lawns. I seeded in two different directions with the slit seeder so as to get an even distribution of seed. While I was working, I was wondering if there were any power seeders on the market that put the seed in the ground differently than cutting slits as It would be a lot more efficient if the lawn could be seeded in one pass. I was using a Bluebird seeder which does a good job but still takes some time to walk each lawn twice. Thanks.
     
  2. crzymow

    crzymow LawnSite Senior Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 378

    You could make one pass, but you wouldnt get an even seeding. It seems like a pain, but there is good money in doing slit seeding, so i dont really mind the time it takes for the money made on it. My big complaint is a lawn that has a lot of thatch, the cleanup is the biggest pain.
     
  3. TScapes

    TScapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 453

    We slit seed several of our properties in place of aeration. But we do them in the Fall, which usually gives us upwards of 90%+ return. I have a property now that wants an aeration, but I sold him on the slit seeder idea. Lot more money for the same time as an aeration, plus the results speak for themselves.
     
  4. Mindless

    Mindless LawnSite Member
    Messages: 95

    Check out Lesco's Renovator 20. Copy/Paste from Lesco website: The innovative Renovator 20 is really three machines in one - use it as a seeder, slicer and dethatcher on lawns, athletic fields, golf courses and other turf areas. Self-propelled and easy to operate.

    8-hp Kawasaki® engine with easy-to-operate, fingertip control of reverse and forward ground speeds up to 2 mph.

    Compact, low-profile design with flotation tires provides excellent maneuverability on hills and slopes and makes transportation easy.

    Provides improved efficiency by allowing for dethatching and seeding at the same time.

    20-inch slicing/seeding width and 35-lb. hopper capacity lets you work with fewer interruptions.

    Seed is precisely metered, dropped in front of 40 high-carbon steel blades and swept by two full-width rear finishing brushes to ensure optimum incorporation into the soil.
     
  5. crzymow

    crzymow LawnSite Senior Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 378

    why not aerate and slit seed? Besides aerating a lawn is as beneficial as thatching a lawn.
     
  6. TScapes

    TScapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 453

    Aeration is good, but in a situation of "Renovation" or a really thin lawn, I believe that a slit seeding is more productive. We still aerate every year, but your return is greater with slit-seeding!
     
  7. superbee

    superbee LawnSite Member
    Messages: 79

    I found a Lesco hydraulic power seeder for sale locally. The owner said it is four years old and has less than 50 hours on it. It has a Honda engine. He is getting out of the business. He has it advertised for $2000.00 but said he would go as low as $1800.00. Is this a good buy? Thanks.
     
  8. crzymow

    crzymow LawnSite Senior Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 378

    i agree that if a lawn is thin that slit seeding is better the aerating, but the combination of the two is the best as far as I'm concerned. Compacted soil could be a major factor as to why the lawn is so thin in the first place.
     

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