help with seeding needing to be done

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Old 03-05-06, 05:51 AM
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help with seeding needing to be done

At my church some seed needs to be put down. We did some construction and there is about a 30x 200' of dirt. Seed needs to be put in.
Im in Tennessee temp today is 60's.. What seed needs to be put in.. There is a tractor with a box blade on it. No rake or disk.
Give me some steps in this.
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Old 03-05-06, 11:27 AM
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seeding at church

I hope your box scrape has adjustable teeth. If it does lower the teeth as deep as they will go and rip the area to be seeded. This will loosen the soil to make it eaiser for the new grass to develop its' root system. Then raise the teeth until just a little of the teeth are showing below the bottom of the box scrape, then with the implement just barely touching your soil go back and forth over the new area until you get a nice smooth surface with clods no larger than a golf ball and no tire tracks showing. It's not necessary or even desireable that the finished surface be made perfectly smooth as the seed will appreciate having some tiny clods to hide under.

Once you are satisfied with your finished grade apply one of the new hybrid tall fescue grass seeds. All of the new hybrid varieties are superior to the old standard KY 31. The new hybrids are naturally greener, have a finer textured blade and require less watering. The only down side is that they require a little longer to get established.

We usually apply the seed with a broadcast type spreader at the rate of 6 to 8 lbs. per thousand square feet. After you apply the seed use a standard leaf rake turned upside down and drag the rake over the entire newly seeded area. Make one pass dragging the rake this will turn most of the seed just under the soil which is necessary for good germination.

After all this is done cover the entire new area with a lite but even covering of wheat straw ( or equiv. ) Make sure that you throughly shake out the straw leaving no clumps. Then apply over the top of the straw, with the same type spreader, a good quality lawn food following the label instructions. If your area has acid soil like we do here in North Carolina you should apply agicultural limestone at the rate of 40 lbs. per thousand feet. If you use pelletized limestone you can use that same broadcast spreader to apply the lime.

When the soil temp. and moisture are right the seed will germinate and begin to show through the straw. Once the new grass gets to the 3 to 4 " height go ahead and cut it, waiting untill it gets taller to cut can damage the grass plant. Just be sure you have a new or freshly sharpened blade on your mower as a dull blade can rip the tiny grass plant right out of the ground. And most of all make sure you adjust your cutting height to no less than 3". DO NOT try to rake the straw out of your new grass as it will be gradually shredded by the mower and will decay into the soil. When the new grass is several inches tall it will still only have a very tiny root so raking at that stage can do alot of harm.

Now the bad news... Seeding this type of grass in the spring time is at best a gamble. Cool season grasses planted in the spring have precious little time to develope enough of a root system to withstand the heat and drought of summer. Unless your willing to do some serious watering this summer don't be surprised if that new grass so beautiful in May is in serious trouble by September.

Newly planted grass is like a small child.. it requires alot of attention when it's young. I wish you good luck with your project... 38 years in the business and still learning greensboro_man
 
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