Over seeding lawn.


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Old 10-07-19, 03:48 PM
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Over seeding lawn.

What's the best was to over seed a lawn. Can I just brodcast spread it. I have 1.5 acres. I'm planning on spraying the whole yard real late this fall to kill the weeds.
 
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Old 10-07-19, 05:14 PM
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Can I just broadcast spread it.
That's the easy way, dont wait too long, depending on where you are at the temps are cooling down!
 
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You generally do not kill weeds and start new grass at the same time.
 
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Old 10-07-19, 06:34 PM
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I was going to spread it early spring
 
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Old 10-08-19, 05:40 AM
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What are you doing in the spring??? Overseeding or weed killing?
 
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Old 10-08-19, 07:44 AM
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Seeding. From what I have been told you throw it out early in the spring.
 
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Old 01-11-20, 04:03 PM
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I have some bare spots and some places in the woods that don't get much sun. I was planning on spreading some seed there, cover it up with the rolled straw mats and water it good. Do I need to till it up and work it in or just tamp it in
 
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Old 01-11-20, 04:28 PM
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Well first off, you certainly don't do it this time of year.

In the spring, you just need to lightly rake the seed into the soil, roll or tamp it, and then yes, you can lightly cover and water it. But grass seed needs to remain wet until it sprouts, so it's not a water once and forget it type of thing.

Also if this is in a shady area you need to plant a variety that is specifically meant for full shade or it may not sprout or even if it does it won't last long.
 
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Old 01-12-20, 03:38 AM
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Generally it's too late to plant grass seed but a lot depends on what climate you are in. Seeds need warm weather to germinate and you want it to be somewhat established before any frost hits.
 
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You mentioned "... in the woods that don't get much sun." You may be wasting your time planting grass if the area is shaded. Grass is a full sun plant. Even shade tolerant varieties require a good deal of light.
 
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Old 01-12-20, 06:55 AM
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Good point! My 'backyard' is always shaded, I gave up trying to grow grass there 20 yrs ago.
 
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Old 01-12-20, 08:00 AM
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He didn't say how shady it is. Point is, if you hope to grow grass in a shady area, you don't use normal grass seed that is meant for full sun. If you have any hopes for success you plant a variety that can tolerate shade. (Example) Even then it might not turn out well depending on how dense the shade is and other factors that are inherent to shady soils.
 
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Grasses do best when grown in full, direct sunlight. However, some grass types and specific varieties tolerate various shade levels better than others.
Just be aware that there is a big difference between the industries definition of "dense shade" and what we might consider!

All grass needs sun, got heavy shade, better turn it into a bed with shade loving plants cuz your never going to get that grass to grow thick and lush no matter what seed you use!
 
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Old 01-12-20, 06:11 PM
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Yeah thier idea of shade is barely any. We sell some stuff at work that grows good in heavy shade. Just trying to figure out the settings on a spreader I bought. Is there a forum on here I could post to figure it out
 
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Seeding in the spring is fine if it's a warm season grass but early fall is the time for cool season grasses. Also, a lot of weed killers only work if the weeds are actually growing at the time so it might be late to be effective with that.
 
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You can spray herbicide 8nbthe fall as long as it's above freezing because the plants are still taking up nutrients. In the spring it doesn't work because the are still dormant.
 
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Old 01-14-20, 03:15 PM
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Agree with stickshift. I would have been killing weeds in late August, and then seeding (cool season grass) maybe mid September. Just broadcasting it should be fine, definitely do not till. And then keep it moist, don't really need to spread straw, imo (again, because this would be fall, and because temps are cool, ground stays moist longer). Planting cool season like tall fescue in spring isn't gonna turn out well - not enough time to get established before the summer heat.
 
 

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