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DIYtestdummy 07-07-2009 04:26 PM

Grass from seed?
I'm trying to grow heat-tolerant Fescue grass from seed around my pool. The monsoon has been gracious to bring us rain and this (I thought) was the perfect time to plant grass and rosebushes. I did lots of research and even got advice from neighbors. So far, I think I have 1 blade sprouting in 2-3 weeks. :censored:

I dug out most of the "dirt" and replaced it with a mix of native alkaline dirt, organic composted soil, and sifted sand. I buried a soaker hose, which I only use when the soil gets dry; it floods the area where the rosebuses are otherwise. I went and mixed the seeds in with topsoil, native sifted dirt, starter fertilizer, and leftover compost.

I've been having trouble with the seeds "floating up" out of the soil. I don't overwater, and I've also been battling dryness. I put plastic drop sheets over the beds after I turned the soil again and spread more soil on top and that seems to help keep the soil moist without heating up too much.

Do I just need to be more patient?

Mike in Arkansas 07-07-2009 06:33 PM

I'm no expert at grass seed but are you supposed to bury the seed? I just broadcast about 3 pounds of Bermuda seed 3 weeks ago and just raked lightly. Kept watered till it sprouted in about a week. Now, 3 weeks later I have a nice almost lush lawn except where a storm washed some of the seed away. I did use hulled seed from the local CO-OP.

DIYtestdummy 07-07-2009 07:21 PM

It's not really buried, more like covered. I was wondering why I hear about spreading the seeds when I was told and read to bury it. 3/4" all the way to 2 and 3". I guess results vary between soil type and climate. Here it makes more sense to bury to keep the seeds moist and give better chance for survival. We have a bit of a dove problem here too.

We have Bermuda grass on most of the school fields and I don't like it. It looks horrible yellow most of the time in this scorching sun and it seems to invite every kind of weed around. I'm allergic as somethingorother to it too, hence the blue fescue decision. Home Depot strikes again - Scott's seed and fertilizer.

I just brought a huge rain storm home from work with me and now I'm going to check out the damage to the soil...

DIYtestdummy 07-13-2009 01:43 PM

Well, I have some sprouts in some spots where the mulch is catching water from the roof. I reseeded and area and spread mulch over the top. I'll just have to wait and see if this works.

Now I have a problem with the doves putting holes everywhere and eating the sees and sprouts!!!!

Yamvmax 07-13-2009 06:12 PM

Those F'in birds. They love that seed

diy'er on LI 07-14-2009 10:00 PM

This is what I do when I am using grass seed:
Wait until there are no storms in forecast... aerate/loosen soil... add a bit of topsoil on top and mix in with rake. Lightly sprinkle seed. Cover entire area with 4-5 layers of plastic mesh (sort of wrinkly, so it's about 6" high) Lightly sprinkle with hose 2X a day (morning and around 6pm) for about 3 weeks. the mesh limits the birds ability to munch and softens the dropping of water onto the ground.

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