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Old 01-21-2011, 01:11 AM   #16
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the way to do it is seed right before a snow as the snow melts and the ground is soggy it will push the seed into the ground. Also being covered by snow keeps the birds from eating it. The reverse seeding on time of snow would be a winter blessig for the birds and the seed would be displaced as the snow does not melt evenly most of the time.

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Old 01-21-2011, 10:16 AM   #17
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Dick's right, the rye will come up quickly when the conditions are right (anything above freezing). But why put out a temporarary lawn? Sow fescue in the fall and don't worry about the snow, it only helps.
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Old 01-24-2011, 09:17 PM   #18
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Do you have some special seed? What I have seen is seed needs the ground to be 70 degrees to germinate.
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Old 01-25-2011, 08:19 AM   #19
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There's no special, heat generating seed out there that I know of. We're playing the odds and always trying to make progress with our lawns. Perfect growing conditions yield the best results, but less than perfect conditions can still produce an improvement. Keep stepping in the right direction and we'll get there.

The fescue seed I mentioned in an earlier post will need temperatures in the 50s and 60s to do well. Anything colder than that reduces your choice to rye grass seeds. Here in Atlanta, we call it "winter rye" because it will die off in the warmer months.
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Your germination rate will be much lower than a spring or fall application but as has been stated in other places, the winter freeze-thaw help to fracture the soil and will definitely get seed-soil contact going. You may want to wait, aerate, and then seed. That's the best way to get the seed-soil contact the it needs and your germination will be worth the money spent on seed.
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Got to agree!

Having said that, I have seeded over frost-heaved soil and gotten fairly good results. Consider that the soil is puffed up from the frost so if you sow seed on top of that the seed will work down into the frost cracks when it melts. Works better in the transition zone where the soil freezing is a temporary from a cold spell followed by some warmer weather while still in fall/ early winter. Just remember to always use straw on top.
yea, when i read the title of the thread my first thought was "bird food"

That being said, I've often heard that it's good to put seed down right before a snow. The theory is that the snow will protect it from birds, and as the snow starts melting into the moist soil below it will help drive the seed into the soil. Never tried it myself, but have heard it from several people over the years
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I seeded a new area (used to be the prior owners poorly maintained planter) on Thursday and overseeded my whole property. Woke up this morning to some unexpected snow and was freaking out, thinking I wasted all my time because the frost would kill it. In reading this, sounds like some March 31st snow that will definitely melt soon is about as good as its going to get for new seed. Woohoo!

Just so I am clear, a short cold spell like CT is getting today (http://www.weather.com/weather/today/Windsor+CT+06095) is not going to kill brand new seed, right?

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I've learned to wait till at least the end of May before doing anything yard related. Too many times we get a nice stretch of nice days and makes us think summer is here. You might be ok though, but it's still early to tell what other type of winter storm type weather is around the corner.
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I seeded a new area (used to be the prior owners poorly maintained planter) on Thursday and overseeded my whole property. Woke up this morning to some unexpected snow and was freaking out, thinking I wasted all my time because the frost would kill it. In reading this, sounds like some March 31st snow that will definitely melt soon is about as good as its going to get for new seed. Woohoo!

Just so I am clear, a short cold spell like CT is getting today (http://www.weather.com/weather/today/Windsor+CT+06095) is not going to kill brand new seed, right?

Glad I searched before I posted
A nice wet, late season snow will do absolutely no damage to grass seed. In fact, it will be good for it.

On the other hand, sub-freezing cold can damage grass and other plants that are already up.

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