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Old 09-05-2012, 04:39 PM   #1
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Am getting ready to overseed and will have cut the current grass down to the stubs. Is a slit seeder preferred over a drop spread application? Any advice?

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Am getting ready to overseed and will have cut the current grass down to the stubs. Is a slit seeder preferred over a drop spread application? Any advice?
Stable ground contact is the most important thing. If you have a pretty flat landscape and you have done a good job clearing the soil surface drop spread will probably be fine. If you have hills where runoff might be a problem I would probably slit seed perpendicular to the slope (follow the contour lines).

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Stable ground contact is the most important thing. If you have a pretty flat landscape and you have done a good job clearing the soil surface drop spread will probably be fine. If you have hills where runoff might be a problem I would probably slit seed perpendicular to the slope (follow the contour lines).
Ditto on this advice. Top dressing is as important as the seed contact so don't skimp on that! Depending on your existing situation, you might want to rent a landscape roller, fill it half full, and press your seed and top dress mix into soil contact.

Where are you by the way? You might want to update your profiled. In any event keep an eye out for even light frost as night temperatures start falling soon if you are in an early frost zone. You can rinse the frost off in the morning as soon as the air temp warms up. Early hard frosts are another matter.

I mention this because as I have posted before you probably have a seed blend with different germination rates. Perrennial rye will sprout in about 7-10 days but fescues and bluegrasses will take 14-21 days under ideal conditions. This puts your new turf into October.

Fall is still a great time to plant turf and other plants for that matter as the soil is still warm and plants can dedicate energy to root development rather than leaf or grass blade growth and moisture aspiration.

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