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slice seeding ?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by mrkosar, Jan 18, 2008.

  1. mrkosar

    mrkosar LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 680

    what do you guys do with the thatch, dead grass, etc. that comes up while slice seeding? do you let it melt back into the soil or clean it up for the customer? if you clean it up do you just pick it up with your mower?
  2. NattyLawn

    NattyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,643

    What I do is have the customer mow or scalp (the only time we condone scalping) the lawn prior to slice seeding. If you don't the thatch build up can be a lot, then you have to clean some of it up. Once cut, then you slice seed and leave the thatch on top. This acts like putting straw down on newly seeded areas and provides a little protection from the sun and keeps moisture on the seed longer. It should decompose within a week or two.
  3. garydale

    garydale LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 813

    Like Natty we try to get the homeowner to do it.
    When we do it we use a JD lawn tractor, with bagging unit, to scalp as low as it will go without damaging machine. Then thatch the lawn with the SS and bag again.

    Even with that much removal there will be a good amount of debris kicked up by the SS when you seed. That debris is your mulch for the seed.

    Its expensive,dirty and creates disposal problem, but make a great lawn.

    On one large SS job we brought in a 30 yard bulk container to haul off the debris.

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