We have recently hydroseeded our new lawn. It is the middle of October and
we live in Massachusetts. For the past week the high temperatures have been
around 55 to 60 degrees with low temps getting down to the low 40's. It has
rained recently, but I am afraid that it may be too cool for the seeds to
What do you think?
It is awful late in the year for you to be seeding in Massachusetts.
You *might* get lucky and get it to come up. I am surprised that a
professional lawncare company would do hydroseeding this late in the
year. I hope the contract you signed included a guarantee that the
grass will germinate. Most likely you are looking at a do over. I hope
Stephen Clark wrote:
Slice seeding bare soil works very well. The only issue is you don't
want to seed if it's muddy or freshly tilled soil, as then the slice
seeder is going to bog down.
I guess that depends on the labor rate or who's doing the work. You
can rent a small slice seeder for $50 for a half day, $80 for a big
one. By comparison, grass seed to do say 10,000 sq feet can easily
cost more than that and if you're using a real good blue grass, it
could top $100. Plus, with a slice seeder, you do it once and have a
high probablity of success, vs doing it a few times over several
years. IMO, it's way more cost effective. Just tossing seed out to
overseed is good if there are just some small areas which you can then
work with a rake, topdress, etc.
I agree. Early sept would have been optimal. The seed needs soil
temps above 50, which usually means daytime temps in the 60s to
germinate. It also needs some time to grow and harden to survive the
winter. Doing it in mid Oct decreases the chances of success
substantially. It's really a probability issue with the weather.
Some of the other factors are:
How much sun it gets this time of year. If there are no trees
blocking the southern sky, that helps a lot. Even on cool days, the
sun will warm the earth.
What kind of seed? It's likely it was a mix. Rye grass germinates
fast, 4 days, fescue about 7, blue grass can take several weeks. If
it was a mix containing blue grass, which many mixes contain because
it aids in regrowing/repair, then the blue grass portion is least
likely to get established this late in the season.
If you have leaves, which should be coming down in your area now, they
can be a problem. Difficult to remove on a newly seeded lawn without
damaging the grass and if left block the sun. A blower is probably
the best option.
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