How Long Can Top Soil Sit Before Seeding - Landscaping & Lawn Care - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum
Advertisement


Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Landscaping & Lawn Care

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Like Tree5Likes
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes
Old 05-26-2017, 05:45 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 62
Rewards Points: 79
Default

How long can top soil sit before seeding


I'm looking to plant grass, and had the top soil delivered Tuesday (May 23). It's 2 truckloads and I've covered it with tarp. Due to scheduling changes, I'd like to wait until Sun May 4 before planting the grass seed. Is it OK to leave the topsoil that long?
cgott42 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 05-26-2017, 06:26 PM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Hartfield VA
Posts: 36,386
Rewards Points: 17,912
Default

Re: How long can top soil sit before seeding


Just have to be missing something, delivered to me is they backed up and delivered it in a pile and has not been spread out where it needs to be, correct me If I'm wrong.
Why cover it?
Even if it's been spread out why cover it?
It's not going to go bad.
Bondo likes this.
__________________
When posting in forums, letting us know your location will help others give better feedback/advice/solutions to your questions
joecaption is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 05-26-2017, 06:55 PM   #3
Master General ReEngineer
 
Bondo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Chaumont River, Ny.
Posts: 8,632
Rewards Points: 1,342
Default

Re: How long can top soil sit before seeding


Ayuh,.... It can sit there til 'ell freezes over,... it's dirt,....

It just gets harder to dig as it settles,...
Bondo is online now   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 05-26-2017, 06:55 PM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Michigan
Posts: 1,803
Rewards Points: 898
Default

Re: How long can top soil sit before seeding


Quote:
Originally Posted by cgott42 View Post
I'm looking to plant grass, and had the top soil delivered Tuesday (May 23). It's 2 truckloads and I've covered it with tarp. Due to scheduling changes, I'd like to wait until Sun May 4 before planting the grass seed. Is it OK to leave the topsoil that long?
It's been here for hundreds of years at least, a few more days won't make a difference.
BIG Johnson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2017, 06:56 PM   #5
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Michigan
Posts: 1,803
Rewards Points: 898
Default

Re: How long can top soil sit before seeding


Quote:
Originally Posted by Bondo View Post
Ayuh,.... It can sit there til 'ell freezes over,... it's dirt,....

It just gets harder to dig as it settles,...
And full of weeds.
BIG Johnson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2017, 06:57 PM   #6
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Michigan
Posts: 1,803
Rewards Points: 898
Default

Re: How long can top soil sit before seeding


Quote:
Originally Posted by cgott42 View Post
I'm looking to plant grass, and had the top soil delivered Tuesday (May 23). It's 2 truckloads and I've covered it with tarp. Due to scheduling changes, I'd like to wait until Sun May 4 before planting the grass seed. Is it OK to leave the topsoil that long?
Rent a slit seeder, it's by far the best way to plant new grass. Assuming a northern mix.
BIG Johnson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2017, 09:09 AM   #7
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 62
Rewards Points: 79
Default

Re: How long can top soil sit before seeding


Thanks.
What does a slit seeder do more than a regular spreader. (yes northeastern)
Also, someone mentioned to seed twice - when do I put the 2nd round of seeds? Is it necessary?
cgott42 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2017, 10:10 AM   #8
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: California
Posts: 10,626
Rewards Points: 4,236
Default

Re: How long can top soil sit before seeding


Quote:
Originally Posted by cgott42 View Post
I'm looking to plant grass, and had the top soil delivered Tuesday (May 23). It's 2 truckloads and I've covered it with tarp. Due to scheduling changes, I'd like to wait until Sun May 4 before planting the grass seed. Is it OK to leave the topsoil that long?
Are you concerned about it losing its nutrients? ( innate fertilizer)
That should be fine.

Reading up on putting in a lawn should help you relax about it. Sunset Western Garden Book is great. It depends on where you live, but once you have the right seed, grass is grass, & you can always add more. I always think that if we consider all potential problems & plan for them, then things usually go fine.
Nik333 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2017, 05:46 PM   #9
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Michigan
Posts: 1,803
Rewards Points: 898
Default

Re: How long can top soil sit before seeding


Quote:
Originally Posted by cgott42 View Post
Thanks.
What does a slit seeder do more than a regular spreader. (yes northeastern)
Also, someone mentioned to seed twice - when do I put the 2nd round of seeds? Is it necessary?
A slit seeder places the seed just below the surface. Basically it puts it into the soil where the soil will hold moisture. If you put it on top the moisture evaporates in minutes of shutting off the water. Some people use hydro mulch but you have to lay that on really heavy ($$$$$$) or its gone in a few days.

Some recommend spreading the seed and raking the dirt over it but that's hit or miss and you'll likely end up with 90% of your seed not germinating.
BIG Johnson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2017, 05:59 PM   #10
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 10,248
Rewards Points: 1,496
Default

Re: How long can top soil sit before seeding


Using a glass jar, do a soil test to determine what you were sold and delivered. Fill the jar about half full with dirt and add water to about 80-90 percent full . Shake vigorously for a couple of minutes and leave set over night.
SeniorSitizen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2017, 09:24 PM   #11
Usually Confused
 
lenaitch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Central Ontario, Canada
Posts: 4,969
Rewards Points: 2,168
Default

Re: How long can top soil sit before seeding


I think most people cover a pile of topsoil to prevent it from washing away in a heavy rain and to keep airborne weed seeds from germinating.

"Seeding twice" might mean to seed in both directions (1/2 rate each). Many find it helps to ensure even coverage.
bob22 likes this.
lenaitch is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to lenaitch For This Useful Post:
Nik333 (05-29-2017)
Old 05-29-2017, 06:19 AM   #12
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Michigan
Posts: 1,803
Rewards Points: 898
Default

Re: How long can top soil sit before seeding


Quote:
Originally Posted by lenaitch View Post
I think most people cover a pile of topsoil to prevent it from washing away in a heavy rain and to keep airborne weed seeds from germinating.

"Seeding twice" might mean to seed in both directions (1/2 rate each). Many find it helps to ensure even coverage.
I agree. Seed in a crisscrossing pattern at the same time. Especially when slit seeding. And most importantly, buy high quality FRESH seed.
Nik333 likes this.
BIG Johnson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2017, 11:44 AM   #13
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: California
Posts: 10,626
Rewards Points: 4,236
Default

Re: How long can top soil sit before seeding


Quote:
Originally Posted by BIG Johnson View Post
I agree. Seed in a crisscrossing pattern at the same time. Especially when slit seeding. And most importantly, buy high quality FRESH seed.
How do you know it's fresh?
Nik333 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2017, 12:44 PM   #14
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Michigan
Posts: 1,803
Rewards Points: 898
Default

Re: How long can top soil sit before seeding


Quote:
Originally Posted by Nik333 View Post
How do you know it's fresh?

There should be a date on the bag.
Nik333 likes this.
BIG Johnson is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to BIG Johnson For This Useful Post:
Nik333 (05-29-2017)
Old 05-29-2017, 01:37 PM   #15
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: California
Posts: 10,626
Rewards Points: 4,236
Default

Re: How long can top soil sit before seeding


Quote:
Originally Posted by BIG Johnson View Post
There should be a date on the bag.
And thanks for the plumber's wrench idea!
Nik333 is online now   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
HELP seeding 1 acre bare lot Daugela Landscaping & Lawn Care 3 04-22-2014 09:45 PM
Soil Stack Arrangement- with PICS! project_guy Plumbing 8 12-14-2012 07:36 AM
how long is too long for more floor poly? LidoGirl Painting 12 09-09-2012 07:36 AM
Compacting wet/muddy soil for paver/wall base BrandonC_1972 Landscaping & Lawn Care 0 07-04-2012 10:34 PM
Soil prep for additives and slope/drainage for new sod kevinf. Landscaping & Lawn Care 0 08-28-2011 02:55 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts