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Old July 5th, 2012, 10:50 AM   #1
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I finally got my yard ready to put grass seed down. Is it too hot to do it right now or should I just go for it? I can leave it as dirt and just keep spraying with broadleaf killer to keep the weeds from popping up and just live with a dirt yard if I have too but I would rather get some grass frowning if possible. The section I am ready to seed is 10,000 sq ft and is in the sun almost all day. Opinions?
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You would have to be watering that entire area for 2 weeks straight. If you don't mind the water bill and have a way of watering it at least twice a day in this heat, go for it.
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Wait and do sod in the fall. Sod is cheaper then most people realize for a beautiful instant lawn!
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You would have to be watering that entire area for 2 weeks straight. If you don't mind the water bill and have a way of watering it at least twice a day in this heat, go for it.
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I don't care about a beautiful lawn. I am planning on planting a bunch of trees up there over the next couple years so I don't have to see and hear the busy road I live on. At this point I would be happy with brown grass and no weeds. The back and side of the house is where I will do the nice lawn that I actually care about. I haven't even really started on that yet. I need another 50 yards of black dirt delivered before I can make that look like anything
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Well if you want any lawn at all, it has to be constantly wet for two weeks. If the seeds dry out they will not grow. It can be done now but will be harder to do. 10,000 sq is a large area to keep wet.
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I played around with sprinklers until I got them laid out to where they will hit the whole lawn but i can't run them all at once. I can only do 2 at a time and I have 6 total. How much does it have to cool down before it will be a little easier on me?
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Cool enough that The water doesn't evaporate instantly.
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Cool enough that The water doesn't evaporate instantly.
x2. Dry seeds = dead seeds
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If you mix RYE and Kentucky blue grass seed, RYE comes up fast in almost any weather. Then water the shit out of it two or three times a day, it will come up in this weather. I've been doing Irrigation for years and had my own business back in the 80s. Seen grass growing in all kinds of conditions, as long as you water the hell out of it....it will grow.
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If you mix RYE and Kentucky blue grass seed, RYE comes up fast in almost any weather. Then water the shit out of it two or three times a day, it will come up in this weather. I've been doing Irrigation for years and had my own business back in the 80s. Seen grass growing in all kinds of conditions, as long as you water the hell out of it....it will grow.
would it help if i covered it a little extra thick with straw to help hold moisture in?
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I put hay down earlier this summer and all I have is hay covered dirt
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I put hay down earlier this summer and all I have is hay covered dirt
should have used straw not hay



i would wait unless you have a irrigation system, sprinklers on the end of a hose are useless.
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i guess i will keep spraying it with broadleaf killer to keep the weeds from taking over and leave it dirt for now. is it worth putting any fertilizer down right now to get it into the soil or just wait til i seed?
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just use starter fert when you seed, you are going to want to turn the soild or ruough it up and then rake the seed in. then straw on top.
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Like he said, straw also helps to keep the birds from eating the seed. Or have a comp. come out and hydro seed your yard, but that shit comes up in patches. I done sold my Case pipe puller years ago, or I would come over and slap a Irr. system in for ya in a day. Just throw Rye and Kentucky Blue down heavy and cover with straw...water..water..water, keep everybody off of it for 3 weeks. They sell cheap timers at Home D, for the hose action, program it for early morning, afternoon, and evening and let her go.....
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i got it ripped up pretty good and i also added around 40 yards of screened black dirt to the yard to get it flattened out and built up a little around the house. i could really use another 20 yards but i am sick of buying dirt
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