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Seeding on a slope

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Premo Services, Mar 27, 2008.

  1. Premo Services

    Premo Services LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,516

    I am bidding on a slit seeding job and was wanting to put this type of straw mat down to hold the seed on the hill where water will wash the seed away.
    Is this something that is needed???

    How good will the mat do to get the grass to grow on the slope???
  2. LawnSolutionsCP

    LawnSolutionsCP Sponsor
    Messages: 907

    Easiest thing is to go side to side on the slope so the slits will catch the seed and hold it in place. Our units will do upto 45 degrees up, down, or side to side. Home Depot rents the 6-hp models and Scott's Outdoor Power rents the 9-hp Commercial Models.

    The oil sensor will start to shut down the engine at 30 degress, but we have a quick disconnect on the front of the engine to take full advantage of maneuverability of our machines. Disconnect the orange wire on the front of the engine when doing hills steeper than 30 degrees.

  3. PSUturf

    PSUturf LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 663

    If it is bare soil on the slope a straw or wood fiber mat would be helpful in preventing erosion. Mats help to reduce or eliminate erosion caused by raindrops striking the soil. If you get a lot of water flowing down slope from above the seeded area then the mats won't help that much.
  4. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,201

    Seed the area then roll the seed into the ground for good contact, this will also help the seed stay in place. Use straw mat to cover the area and make sure you use enough landscape staples to hold it in place so that when the grass starts to come up it doesn't raise the straw mat, the grass will grow through it.

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