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Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by GripB, Aug 11, 2004.
Is one way to spread seed better than the other after I aerate this fall?
I haven't done any slit seeding, but think of it this way, with aerating AND broadcast seeding you're performing 2 tasks. So you not only get the benefit of overseeding, but you also get all the benefits that come with aerating a lawn.
Others that have experience with slit seeding can better tell you the advantages of that.
IMO, that is a lot of damage to a cool season lawn to
both core and slit-seed in close time proximity.
There ARE warm season grasses that thrive on that
kind of mechanical beatings but I guess I'm just not
comfortable with that.
Seeding after aeration will NOT have the same
germination rate as slit-seeding. You will have some
portion of your seed germinate if you spread it after
aeration but again, somewhat less then the process of slit-seeding which after all is what that process is designed to do.
That being said, without a long winded discussion and
back and forth's, I prefer to aerate in the fall and slit-seed
in the spring. That is me.
But i do also always spread seed after I do any mechanical
renovation to the yard like aeration in the fall.
It's a your way or my way kind of thing. You can't go wrong by over-seeding a yard once or twice a year,
I mean grass plants do senesce.
I prefer broadcast seeding after multiple passes of aeration.
A slitseeding in the spring afterwards if it warrants.
Just my thoughts...............
Tom, just to clarify, I wasn't suggesting both. I suggested aerating and broadcast seeding rather then slitseeding.
I understand that, your answer was fine.
I was responding to his question which was
what was better "after I aerate this fall'
No harm...no foul.
Ah Ha! I now see that I read the original question wrong.
I agree with you then, both is too much.
Thanks for the replies. What I gather, please correct me if I'm wrong, if I want to overseed this fall after aeration, I should use a broadcast spreader.
Two other quick questions:
1) Should aeration be done once a year?
2) If so, should you overseed each time you aerate, or is there such a thing as putting too much seed down?
I don't see how aeration once a year could do anything
other than help your lawn. I suggest doing so.
I always throw seed down when I mechanically
renovate the yard. (AERATE OR DETHATCH)