Update! Gotter done... maybe. I aerated, turned up tons of thatch, spread
the seed with a drop spreader, then spread thriple 19 fertilizer with a
broadcast spreader. It rained lightly the following day but nothing since. I
have several bare patches when I really turned up the turf while thatching;
those were patches that drain last and it did rain the day before I
thatched. I'm concerned that I don't see anything yet. (It 's been about 5
days). I'm wondering if I should throw straw over those patches; the largest
is about 2' x 4' but most are about 1' x 2'. When should I expect to see
You said it hasn't rained, so if it's a lawn at your house, why aren't
you watering it? If you keep it constantly damp, you're going to get
much better germination than relying on mother nature. Much of your
work and seed will go to waste if it doesn't get enough water.
Applying weed free straw or similar light cover will certainly help,
but it's not a substitute for water.
I definitely need to water then. I'll target the areas that are really bare;
about 4 or 5 patches. I can't handle the rest of the lawn or I'll go broke
with my water rates. But the rest of the lawn has the remains of the "good
grass" that was left from the thatching. I suppose the evening air brings
humidity to those areas and, hopefully, that with tide me over 'til later in
the week when rain is expected. I'll keep the patches web daily though.
By the way, it sounds as though those seeds have a time element. If they
were left to water only from mother nature and only got wet once a week in
those bare spots, am I correct in saying their internal germination time
clocks would stop ticking at some point? What's that point?
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