Too late to aerate and overseed?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Riatvriderwd, Oct 18, 2017.

  1. Riatvriderwd

    Riatvriderwd LawnSite Member
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    I've been waiting for my driveway to be finished so they can grade and apply topsoil. They will be gone today and was wondering if it will be a waste to aerate and overseed this weekend. I'm in northern pa day temps have been in 70s and night Temps low 40s but some nights we do get frost
     
  2. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    I dont think youll get any germination now.
     
  3. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation LawnSite Gold Member
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    It all depends on where you live
     
  4. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Northern Pennsylvania he wrote.
     
  5. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation LawnSite Gold Member
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    I read over that , I would think he is right on the edge of time , It may germinate depends how the weather holds
     
  6. Riatvriderwd

    Riatvriderwd LawnSite Member
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    What's a good seed for overseeding
     
  7. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation LawnSite Gold Member
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    grass seed comes to mind . ........................................You asked
     
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  8. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
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    Go ahead and seed the areas in question. Keep the seed damp but not drenched until the grass is about 1" tall. It will come up but will likely be slower to germinate. You may wish to overseed a bit in the thin areas next spring.
     
  9. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Fanatic
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    Perennial Rye will germinate, maybe Turf Type Tall Fescue, probably too late for Kentucky Blue Grass.
     
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  10. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Soil temp of about 70 is best--but if you don't mind a slow response--I think you would be fine with perennial rye, red fescue, also. Bluegrass would probably not sprout until spring. The rye will probably be less than two inches high by the time snow flys. Frost does not hurt cool season grass.
    Sock on some starter fert to speed up the establishment.
    The Milorganite people suggest one bag per 1250 sqft for new seed.
    To be sure, water it well--but there is a good chance the soil will remain moist due to rain.
    Sow about 7 pounds per thousand sqft.
    If you want thick grass--use extra seed--double the usual amount is not too much.
     
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