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MLoehr

08:18AM | 08/29/03
Member Since: 05/12/03
13 lifetime posts
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I live in Central MA (1 hr West of Boston, MA). My lawn is 3 yrs young and I am looking to thicken it up and get it greener. I am looking to overseed this weekened after I run my de-thatcher. I was told by a HD rep to use a KY Bluegrass or Rye Grass seeing as I have an irrigation system and watering isn't an issue. Agree/Disagree? Grass type suggestions? Should I also hit it w/ Starter Fert after I spread it? Thanks

k smith

09:01AM | 08/29/03
Member Since: 07/09/03
71 lifetime posts
i am not rally familiar with you climate so i can only give an opinion. i would like to know what type of turf you corrently have and what your weather is like this time of year.
with that said, i think a good quality perennial rye blend or bluegrass would work fine. make sure you set your irrigation up to water 2-4 times a day. you will need to keep the seeds moist as much as you can until they are germinated and then graduate back to your normal schedule. your goal is to keep the seeds moust without watering to run-off as the seeds may wash away. start with 5-7 minute cycles 3-4 times a day and adjust from there. donot let seeds get too dry during the germination period or they will desecate and dye. fertilizing with a starter at seeding time is ok, but i recommend fertilizing again after the first mowing. be sure to water the fert in good so you do not get burned turf. oh, and watch closly for disease. young seedlings are more succeptable than mature turf.
check out www.ntep.org for seed research and dirtdoctor.com for organic gardening tips.

MLoehr

10:41AM | 08/29/03
Member Since: 05/12/03
13 lifetime posts
Thanks for the feedback- the climate in August is warm days (70-80 degrees) and cool nights (50-65), I put my turf in when I built my house- a mixture of Rye/Fescue/KY Blue, essentially a contractors blend I think. I used the LESCO seed in the blue bag you can buy at HD.

My irrigation was set to come on at 3 am for 20 minutes per zone (12 zones)- 41 heads, 2 zones are well breaks. I just changed it to come on a 7 am 10 min a zone, then come back on at 3pm for 10 min a zone again. Think that cycle is ok? I have been struggling w/ how long to water an when.

k smith

10:57AM | 09/16/03
Member Since: 07/09/03
71 lifetime posts
i was just curious how your grass came out. hope your satisfied with the results. let us know. sorry i did not reply to your last post, but sometimes i forget to go back and look at all of my ramblings.
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