Too late to seed for clients in the NE?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by heynicebits, May 1, 2013.

  1. heynicebits

    heynicebits LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    I've got some clients that are thinking of re-seeding out here on Long Island. I've advised its not the best time for this and stressed I can't guarantee that things are going to work out. Ground temps aren't too high and if anything we in the final days of the seeding window. Would you take on these types of jobs now?
  2. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,296

    Too late to seed? Don't think so.
    I would say you are on the early side of things.
  3. Jimslawncareservice

    Jimslawncareservice LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Messages: 4,143

    Why are you in the final seeding days if ground temps are too low
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  4. Barnabas

    Barnabas LawnSite Member
    Messages: 117

    Here in midatlantic seeding window just opened up a couple weeks ago. If anything your in the front side not the back side.
  5. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,983

    Why are we in the final days of the seeding window?
  6. TuffTurfLawnCare

    TuffTurfLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 667

    Its my understanding that in NE, seeding should be done in fall, NOT in the spring. New seedlings will not have the root structure to survive the heat of july and august and will die out. Whereas if seed in the fall, the seedlings will grow in the fall, go dormant for the winter, then grow the following spring giving them the root structure to survive the summer heat.

    Am I missing something here?
  7. Barnabas

    Barnabas LawnSite Member
    Messages: 117

    It should be done in the fall but they will be fine if you get them planted in the next 2 weeks and keep them properly watered / fertilized to allow them quick full growth before summer.
  8. Greyst1

    Greyst1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 900

    Ideally yes, turf installs do better in the fall however one can certainly install a lawn in the spring with the anticipation of watering throughout the summer.
  9. heynicebits

    heynicebits LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    Sorry if my initial post was too vague. I am pretty much debating whether it is worth the risk of planting up here in the spring, rather than waiting until early fall to start. I've got some clients who have lawns that are borderline reseeding worthy. I'll post a picture in a bit. I've advised that it's more worth it to kill everything now, wait until fall and seed all over again. But as expected, everyone wants a beautiful lawn for the summer.
  10. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,285

    I'm missing something. Some of you are making it sound that seeding is impossible at any other time than spring or fall. So when new landscapes go in and are finished in say, June, the installer waits until fall to hydromulch or seed?

    I fully realize that fall is the best time, spring is second best, but in reality, seeding can be done any time during the growing season. You just need to keep the seed moist. And it will need more water. But it can be done.

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