Slit seeding - what does it look like?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by halldave, Oct 3, 2005.

  1. halldave

    halldave LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    Hello all.

    I'm new to your forum. I recently viewed a lawn that was supposedly "slit seeded". I was under the impression that slit seeding would leave "slits" or "grooves" in the soil. This lawn looked no different than traditional aerating and over-seeding. I looked very closely all over and could see no evidence of anything mechanical but the aerator.

    When a lawn is slit seeded, can you tell by looking at it?

  2. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    you can definitely see slits when it has been don. Even if the soil is sort of dry and loose, there are brushes that go over it (in back of the machine) but you still see the slits.
  3. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    you should be able to see slices in the ground, perhaps they didn't have the blades low enough?

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,138

    Plus thatch loads of it if they had grass.
  5. Mower For Less

    Mower For Less LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 823

    Here is a picture of a slit seeded lawn I did last week. The slits are clearly visible.


  6. Doogiegh

    Doogiegh LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 871

    What's the success of slit seeding? Can it be done here in NJ this weekend and have time for the lawn to germinate and be ok for the winter?
  7. chimmygew

    chimmygew LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 578

    I hear a lot of people say that aerating and overseeding is better than using a slit seeder. What are the pros and cons of doing each one?
  8. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Slit seeding brings a much higher germination rate, as dispersal, soil contact, and more optimum depth are reached. By optimum, I mean a shollwer depth. With aeration, the seeds fall down into a hole and get buried at a depth that is too deep for optimum germination due to lack of light. The seeds are much better to be on and near surface (contacting soil) and just below the surface. Indirect sunlight is allowed in promoting germination.
  9. N.IN.lawnsupply

    N.IN.lawnsupply LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    We have a Land Pride 48" slit seeder/overseeder. How much would the average person charge for seeding with this? We purchased it for our own use, but would like to generate additional revenue with it.
  10. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Here, we get $70 per M for actual renovation.

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