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What do you think about renting this machine to reseed?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by lotsagrass, Nov 23, 2009.

  1. lotsagrass

    lotsagrass LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 783


    As I understand it this slices open the ground and drops seeds. Correct? I assume the machine itself has a container to put the seed in.

    I've got some areas in my yard that is nothing but annual grasses and/or annual weeds. My goal is to seed these areas without having to till up the areas in question. How good will something like this machine do? I'd be planting Kentucky 31 Tall Fescue.
  2. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,795

    cant tell if it is a seeder too, but it will do fine with proper use, and good seed and good starter fert.
  3. newtostone

    newtostone LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 681

    First I wouldn't use that grass. Second slice seeder work very well for what you're looking to do, or just for filling in a thinning lawn.
  4. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Planting grass seed is really very basic. :)

    We use a slit seeder if we are confronted with a large job that challenges our ability to do it consistantly over a large area.

    When 'overseeding', grab a firm, broom rake, some seed, and a pail of compost... Normally 1 trip round is adequate for 5k. In and Out within 45 minutes.

    If longer than 2 hrs., get the machine...

  5. 1966vette

    1966vette LawnSite Member
    Messages: 209

    The K31 is a fast growing clumping wide blade ugly grass. I would not recommed it for any home lawn application.
  6. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
    Messages: 6,153


    Rent a Lawn Solutions and you will love it!

    Or you can probably rent a slice seeder for the back of that Deere...then you don't have to work as hard.

    Why KY31?

    I HATE KY 31.

    Are you trying to just thicken up a KY31 lawn?

    If not...and you want a thin bladed grass go with Turf Type Tall Fesue. Has the same defensive traits (drought and disease) as KY 31 but is a finer more beautiful blade with great color!
  7. DiyDave

    DiyDave LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,695

    Looks like a bluebird, not terrible, but I would suggest something a little bigger and heavier, I use a lesco renovator 20. The thing to remember here is to overlap the wheel tracks, so you have each outer cut line, from the reel exactly 2-3" from the previous pass. Also not to seed too heavy as in cut the rate way back from the recommended bare ground rate. Also you only want to cut as deep as it takes to get a uniform set of lines, left as deep as right. Another no-no is to run up and down on a slope, a surefire way to have the seed wash out and/or cause erosion problems. These machines take a little getting used to, especially when they hit a tree root, or some Christmas lights that you didn't know were grown into your grass, for instance.:waving:
  8. lotsagrass

    lotsagrass LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 783

    KY31 because my house was built in a former cow pasture and most of the 'lawn' is essentially the former pasture and whatever was growing there in the wild. KY31 is very tough and drought resistant. It stays green when the rest of the grass cries for mama and turns brown in hot and dry summers :) If you have a recommendation for a very durable yet better looking fescue I'm all ears....also something reasonable in price. Ky31 is pretty good as far as price too.
  9. lotsagrass

    lotsagrass LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 783

    Good tip on the no up/down on hills because of rain washing out the seed. :)
  10. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
    Messages: 6,153

    If your current lawn is KY31...then you might as well interseed with it!

    Turf Type Tall Fescue is a much better looking turf...but would stick with the 31 so you have all broadbladed turf.

    Good Luck!

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