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Seeding Rates (lbs/1000sq.ft.)

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Gene $immons, Oct 2, 2003.

  1. Gene $immons

    Gene $immons LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,028

    How many pounds Fescue seed to apply over 1000 sq ft.

    I think I read 5 or 6 lbs somewhere before???
  2. chefdrp

    chefdrp LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,384

  3. GroundKprs

    GroundKprs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,969

    Fine fescue or turf type tall fescue? Both are generally listed at 6#/K, but TTTF does better at 10-12# rate. Higher population of TTTF gives finer blades.
  4. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
    Messages: 1,557

    I usually apply 7lbs/1000 using turf type tall fescue blend.
  5. Mike Bradbury

    Mike Bradbury LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 493

    I've read just the opposite (and observed same). Higher seed rates result in stunted grass plants (and resulting finer blades) BUT also results in root crowding and roots too close to the surface fighting for water and oxygen. Add some environmental stresses and die back is much greater resulting in the dreaded TTTF "clumping" of surviving turf. In short, overrate seeding is responsible for TTTF clumping!
    Latest research says 6-8lbs and Purdue is playing with 5lbs on some test plots!
  6. paul

    paul Lawnsite Addict
    Messages: 1,625

    Every one here missed the important part, How is it beeing put down? Broadcast seeding? Drill seeding? hydro seeding? Each method has it's own rate for installation.
  7. GroundKprs

    GroundKprs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,969

    Sounds like Jim ought to hone up on current research. It was from Purdue that I got the 10-12# recommendations, but that was probably 7-8 years ago. And since I never fell in love with TTTF, I never use it, so I guess I shouldn't get so detailed about it. Thanks, Mike, for the correction.
  8. Mike Bradbury

    Mike Bradbury LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 493

    I just love TTTF. Use it whenever I can. WHat don't you like?

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