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stan scroggins 03-25-2012 10:53 PM

Seeding new yard
I have a new yard to seed. I've already installed an irrigation system. There is some "junk" grasses and weeds already established. Because of drainage my landscaper recommends seeding over the junk stuff, allowing the grass seed to get started with minimum wash away. The new grass will chock out the junk. After the new grass is established he could come back with specific herbicides to knock out any remaining junk. The alternative is to herbicide before seeding. But the spring rains would probably wash the seed away. I can not afford sod.

Anyone agree, disagree, have experience recommendation.


chrisn 03-26-2012 03:44 AM

Do what he says, if you apply herbicide now the new seed will not germinate.

user1007 03-26-2012 03:55 AM

Hyrdroseed. It will cost much less than sod and establish faster than either conventional seeding or using sod. The process is great for holding seed to slopes and preventing runoff. In fact its original claim to fame was achieved by highway departments using it to seed very steep embankments. Check online or in the yellow pages for local contractors.

Hydroseeding involves mixing a slurry of seed, fertilizers and a mulch all in a tank. The slurry is sprayed on to form a crust that seals the seed to the seedbed and keeps weeds out. All you need to do is prepare the seedbed and keep the hydroseeded crust moist until the seed in it germinates.

Do remember the seeds in the mix will germinate at a different rate. Perennial rye, for example will show in 7 days or so while bluegrasses and fescues may take up to 21.

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