Showing posts with label Seeding. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Seeding. Show all posts

Overseed Your Lawn

Just a few bare spots? Make a Seed Sandwich!

Locate your barespots and rake clean of any heavy debris.
Apply the premergent over the entire lawn and water in.
After 3 days, allowing time for the herbicide to activate, use a heavy rake to scratch the surface of each bare spot. Scratching the soil surface will break the vapor barrier created by the herbicide.
Topdress each barespot with 3/8 to 1/2 inch Peat Moss or Primerafc seed dressing.
Apply your new seed on top of PEAT MOSS/PRIMERAFC.
Cover new seed with an additional 1/4 inch of PEATMOSS/PRIMERAFC seed dressing. DO NOT USE TOPSOIL. Topsoil contains weed seeds. Keep damp with frequent light waterings.

Watering your new seeded lawn

Watering: The main cause of seed failure is a lack of WATER.  For root growth and development, the upper 2 inches of soil must be kept moist during establishment.  This means daily watering, and even multiple times each day may be needed to keep the upper soil profile moist.  Once the new seed is mowed, revert back to the standard deep and infrequent watering schedule.
Mowing: Mow after the new seed has reached around 4 inches tall.  Use a sharp mower blade and avoid sharp turns, which could tear and uproot the tender young plants.  Also, avoid any unnecessary traffic on the seeded areas (kids, pets, etc.).

Spring Overseed Your Lawn

I found this great link to help with spring overseed from Grass Pad. They have all the products you need to renovate your lawn.

Tips for best results with Fall ultimate seeding.

Homeowner Step 1
Mow the lawn to a height of 2". Water the lawn heavily for several days to prepare for aerating.
Rake and/or mow bag and dethatch the lawn to remove heavy clippings and debris.

Fall  seeding process

Aerify the entire turf with core aeration where the core of the soil is removed to allow more water and vital nutrients to penetrate your lawn, encouraging optimal root growth. Core aeration reduces soil compaction and helps break down thatch if present. a double pass is included.

Silt seeding with a specialized machine cuts slits into the soil in which turf seeds are sown. a double pass is included.

Over seeding with a triple blend thin blade fescue which has no weeds seed. TruGreen uses the highest quality seed available and is specific for our region.

Spot seeding small areas that are thin and equipment can't reach.

Homeowner Step 2
Water the seed bed lightly and frequently keeping the soil surface evenly moist, 21 days until seedings are ready to be mowed.

When seedlings reach a height of 2" mow at that height with a sharp mower when the grass is not wet.

A TIRED OR WORN OUT LAWN

Possible causes:
Compacted soil, poor drainage, weather conditions, weed infestation

Effect:
Poor conditions are preventing the right balance of air, water and fertilizer from reaching your lawn's root system, causing thinning and/or dead spots

Solution:
Core Aeration,
Silt seeding,
Overseeding

  •  Aeration and Broadcast Seeding- our premium service where the core of the soil is removed to allow more water vital nutrients to penetrate your lawn, encouraging optimal root growth. Core Aeration reduces soil compaction and helps break down thatch if present.
  • Silt Seeding- our premium service where a specialized machine cuts silts into the soil in which turf seeds are sown.
  • Overseeing- generally used for larger areas where the turf is thin but not bare
Determining the cause of your lawn decline is the first step in solving it. 

General steps to turfgrass establishment


  1. Obtain a soil fertility test and fertilizer recommendations.
  2. Rough grade.
  3. Apply lime if needed.
  4. Apply fertilizer as recommended by soil test.
  5. Apply organic amendments if needed.
  6. Till materials listed above into top 4 to 6 inches of soil.
  7. Perform finish grading.
  8. Apply starter fertilizer, and work it into top inch of soil.
  9. Apply seed.
  10. Rake or drag to cover seed lightly.
  11. Roll lightly.
  12. Mulch.
  13. Water.
  14. Mow.
  15. Control weeds.

General steps to turfgrass renovation


  1. Control existing vegetation that you don’t want. If you use a selective broadleaf herbicide (2,4-D, dicamba or mecoprop), wait one month before the next step. Proceed after seven days following total vegetation control with Roundup herbicide and five days with Finale.
  2. Set your mower as low as possible, scalp off all existing vegetation, and rake clean.
  3. Prepare surface with power rake, verticutter or core aerifier. Skip steps 4, 6 and 7 if you use slit-seeding equipment, which places seed directly into the soil.
  4. Rake loosened thatch and existing debris.
  5. Add fertilizer.
  6. Make a final pass to create open channels for seed collection.
  7. Apply seed in two directions.
  8. Lightly rake seed into soil surface.
  9. Water frequently until established.