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Seeding Area Of Lawn?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by DSLND, Apr 9, 2007.

  1. DSLND

    DSLND LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,205

    Hey Guys!

    I just got a call from a client asking for me to give him an estimate on rototilling an area of his lawn and then seeding it. I have access to a garden tractor with a tiller so that is not a problem. But the main problem is that i have never seeded an area of this size. I have done little areas on the side of my driveway from plowing up the turf but nothing major. What i did there was brought in topsoil, raked, put seed on top, then gently raked again. Would the same method work in an area of say 500sq ft? What do you guys suggest? Thanks! -Mitch-
  2. Adam's Lawn and Garden

    Adam's Lawn and Garden LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 306

    would seem to be, just make sure you roto till. Then throw straw or something down on top, and give the dirt some room for settling ground.

  3. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,734

    Is the soil decent, not compacted?? I would say screw the tiller/tractor option (50 sq. ft is NOT that big). Get a powerseeder, scarify it heavily while empty, rake and grade, seed, lightly rake. 18-24-24. Less mess, less time, probably the same results.
  4. DSLND

    DSLND LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,205

    Soil is somewhat fertile, it was overgrown brush just last year so i will be tilling it definetly. Then from what i know i think i will seed, then put straw over. Any other ideas? Thanks! -Mitch-
  5. DiyDave

    DiyDave LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,695

    Overgrown with brush??? Be prepared to run into all sorts of roots. Plan for at least 3x the amount of time to till up. If you feel guilty about overcharging, give the customer a little back, if you don't hose yourself on the bid.:hammerhead:
  6. Focal Point Landscapes

    Focal Point Landscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    After seeding , take a spring leaf rake , turned backwards and holding behind you , handle to your side , with both hands with firm downward pressure , walk the seeded area - this will assure good contact with the soil without covering the seed too deep or skewing the seed coverage , which raking with a garden rake might do. Then you can straw lightly.
  7. DSLND

    DSLND LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,205

    Alright, have another question. How do i go about spreading the seed? Can i use a broadcast spreader, or do i just spread using my hands? Thanks! -Mitch-
  8. DSLND

    DSLND LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,205

    I went down to remeasure the are today, its just over 7k sq ft. I just need to find out how much i can get straw for. Also, how about the spreading, can I use a broadcast spreader? Thanks! -Mitch-
  9. haybaler

    haybaler LawnSite Senior Member
    from ma
    Messages: 511

    wow. 500sq ft and 7k is a big difference. def use broadcast spreader or one of those hand crank spreaders that goes on your shoulder. that will use a lot less seed than by hand. use a good quality seed (don't cheap out) and use starter fertilzer.
  10. DSLND

    DSLND LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,205

    Yea, didn't realize how big of an area it acually was:hammerhead: . Should i apply the starter fertilizer first, (after tilling), then seed, then straw. What setting on my spreader should i set it at. Also, how much should i tell the homeowner to water per day. Thanks! -Mitch-

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