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spring seeding techniques

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by IowaLawnEnforcement, Nov 12, 2006.

  1. IowaLawnEnforcement

    IowaLawnEnforcement LawnSite Member
    Messages: 40

    I have three customers lined up for spring seeding on established lawns. I am a bit green to the subject and want to do the best job possible, and make money doing it. what do I charge? I was thinking 0.03 cents a square foot just on the seeding and they pay for the seed. Am I close or way off base. Also what techniques should I use just overseed/ should I spread straw over the seed/ should I dethatch then seed/ HELP ME PLEASE:hammerhead:
  2. bbpropmaint

    bbpropmaint LawnSite Member
    Messages: 60

    i use a lesco slit seeder.works great for thickining up already established lawns.It cuts 1/4" slits in the soil drops seed and then covers it backup with thatch, great results..can be rented..
  3. sjj14

    sjj14 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 97

    depending on how thin the lawn is follow these steps-
    1. 50% or lesss estasblished turf- aerate 2 directions and slit seed 2 directions and folllow up with a starter Fert.
    2. As percentage increases of establised turf you can eliminate, or just aerate once. Personally i like to seed in two directions no matter how lush the lawn is, takes a bit more time but results are superior. Again use starter fert and lime if called for.
    3. As far as covering seed with anything I only use straw, erosion matt, etc. if its a new construction job with bare soil and erosion is a concern.
  4. LawnSolutionsCP

    LawnSolutionsCP Sponsor
    Messages: 907

    Just over seed with a slit seeder.

    On hills, make your last pass against the slow to keep seed in place during spring rains. Straw is not needed, only creates a mess.

    Wait until the seed come in and 3" tall before putting down Pre-M otherwise you will risk killing or damaging the newly germinated turf.



  5. golfkingisaac

    golfkingisaac LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    Aerate & Overseed!

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