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Old 05-10-2013, 09:56 AM   #16
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Anyone have any luck with Scotts grass seed?


I've left seed in my shed over the winter and then used it the next season with good results. Obviously that may not always work, but it's possible to still use it.

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I've left seed in my shed over the winter and then used it the next season with good results. Obviously that may not always work, but it's possible to still use it.
There are some really nice veges being grown from legacy seeds great, great grandma tucked away in the pages of family bible hidden in the attic for generations that sprout.

Seeds are incredible things. Some like for certain species of redwoods will only sprout if extreme heat, like from a forest fire, cracks their protective shells. Lawn seed may germinate after laying around but could you bring yourself to sell the seeds to others unless you were reasonably sure they would sprout? Again, check the expiration date on seed packages before buying name brand stuff. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, you local real, not box store, nursery, garden center, hardware store with a garden center will have nice, fresh, turf seed for you to buy bulk and mix. First off you will notice it smells fresher than an old box of Scott's.

And they all come with different germination times. If you do not respect that and nurture them until sprouted and trying to grow? You cannot expect much.
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I had really good success over seeding with Pennington from Home Depot last fall. I did not with Scotts. Just an opinion from experience - usually I go to the local nursery.
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What was the brand of the Mom and Pop stuff?
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last weekend i put SCOTTS PATCH MASTER on a spot in my front yard, about 90sf. so far it has yet to germinate.
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If you want a natural grass lawn. The best way to go is hydroseeding. Scotts ez seed worked well for some patching on my lawn.
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If you want a natural grass lawn. The best way to go is hydroseeding. Scotts ez seed worked well for some patching on my lawn.
Hydroseeding is amazing. It costs a fraction of sod and will establish much faster into a nice lawn.

Not really that great for overseeding applications though. I guess if you prep bare spots and tag on to hydroseeding contractors schedule it could work.


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I have had no issues with Scotts seeds. The key is proper ground prep and frequent watering (2-4 times day). I will lightly rake an existing area and possibly put a thin top dressing of soil down. Then grass seed & starter fertilizer and rake it into the soil. Then I put a thin layer of salt marsh hay to cover the area which helps it stay wet/moist longer. Then I water it at least twice per day. Always keep the area damp.
The seed always come up within 2 weeks.

The patch master stuff is also good but the one with the brown mulch, not the blue/green paper mulch. The blue/green stuff is not as good. Looking on the Scott's website, it's their EZ See product:



Personally, I've been buying the Jonathan Green Black Beauty premium grass seed because I want a lawn that is drought tolerant. It's been working well.

I would stay away from Landscaper mix type seed. It's crap grass. I made a mistake of using it on one area of my lawn and will have to kill it this year.
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i used the paper mulch stuff. i have a couple of things growing there. but i don't think its grass.

i am going to let it ride. but i think next time i will mix seed with top soil.
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Hydroseeding is amazing. It costs a fraction of sod and will establish much faster into a nice lawn.
THIS!

I was absolutely dumbfounded, about 10 years ago, when I started seeing this stuff. Nothing I've seen even comes close.
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i used the paper mulch stuff. i have a couple of things growing there. but i don't think its grass.

i am going to let it ride. but i think next time i will mix seed with top soil.
You have to be patient and keep the seed moist. I' stress again, under ideal conditions different turf species germinate at different rates: annual ryegrass (as shows up in cheap contractor blends in 5-7 days, hybrid perennial rye 7-10, bluegrasses and fescues 14-28 or so. You want to top dress so the birds do not get at it, it stays moist, and it does not get sunburned as it does its thing.

If you just mix it in with your topsoil you will more than likely bury it too deep to germinate and will just be wasting seed.
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THIS!

I was absolutely dumbfounded, about 10 years ago, when I started seeing this stuff. Nothing I've seen even comes close.
For sure. It started out as a means of planting freeway embankments and for other erosion control situations but thankfully did spread rather quickly to turf and other residential landscape applications.

It gets more and more competitive as more contractors offer the service and if you can wait to piggyback their large job schedules (if yours is not).
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Can someone post some prices for hydroseeding for jobs that they recently had done? I have no idea what the cost is.

Personally, I've had good luck with my method of top dressing some soil, seed, fertilizer and then putting hay on it. The real key is constant watering, just enough to keep the top & seed moist. You have to do it for about 4-5 weeks before switching to less frequent but longer watering.
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You have to be patient and keep the seed moist. I' stress again, under ideal conditions different turf species germinate at different rates: annual ryegrass (as shows up in cheap contractor blends in 5-7 days, hybrid perennial rye 7-10, bluegrasses and fescues 14-28 or so. You want to top dress so the birds do not get at it, it stays moist, and it does not get sunburned as it does its thing.

If you just mix it in with your topsoil you will more than likely bury it too deep to germinate and will just be wasting seed.
i think what i have is bluegrass. so i will just keep it wet, and wait.

i don't think birds would want to eat this nasty looking stuff. and it is somewhat shaded.

i was talking about mixing straight seed with topsoil, not this patchmaster stuff.
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i was talking about mixing straight seed with topsoil, not this patchmaster stuff.
I guessed that. The seed still has to be on or just under the surface. If it gets tilled 3x4 inches down and manages to germinate, the tender shoots will not make it to the surface and will likely croak.

It is just like planting veges and different depths depending on the seed. But turf seed requires shallow sowing.

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