Seeding over dead sod

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by lawntennis, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. lawntennis

    lawntennis LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 425

    Guy had someone put in sod this spring. It looked great this spring but we had a very long hot dry period and it is dead now. He wants me to reseed the area. I am afraid there is too much dead turf to slit seed over. Any suggestions?
  2. Fordsuvparts

    Fordsuvparts LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 517

    Rough it up and seed the hell out of it and water, can't hurt anything. We do that all the time with sod when we see areas that are starting to die, we seed in the same type of grass very heavy and the new seed will usually take before the sod completely dies.
  3. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,476

    I would wait for a cooler period later in the season to seed...
  4. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,393

    Slit seed it.
  5. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,889

    Wouldnt this be now?
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  6. tyler_mott85

    tyler_mott85 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 582

    Seeding needs to be done in the next couple weeks around here so I imagine you're even on a tighter deadline.

    Seed needs to make contact with soil and be wet thats all it needs to grow. Seed that sits on the top of thatch or dead grass laying over will not grow. I would check to see if the sod is actually rooted. If it died out before the roots took I would just roll it up and throw it away and seed on the old soil. If it is rooted scalp it with a push mower and just rough up whats left. I seeded my front yard last thursday I have sprinklers coming on every two hours for 10 minutes and its keeping it just about ideal moist and we've been in the mid 80s for highs. Good luck!

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