Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Written by Andrew Muntz
Spring has sprung and, for one reason or another, we often
find ourselves needing to do some renovation to our turf. Research and experience has shown time and
time again that although spring is great for a lot of things, seeding is better
done in the late weeks of August or early September. Of course the calendar and customers don’t
always allow this to happen so how do we attack the topic of spring
Seeding - Seeding is a possibility but a few things
have to be considered first. If any pre-emergent
herbicides have been applied, you may skip this section altogether and go right
to the sodding portion below. Pre-emergent
herbicides are designed to keep weed seeds from germinating but they can also
hinder the germination of turfgrass seedlings.
Another important consideration before seeding is perception. Weeds are germinating right now. If you lay turfgrass seed, the seeds will be
competing with many turfgrass weeds.
This can be a cause of concern for customers but they should realize
that there will always be some weeds with spring seeding. There are a few herbicides available on the
market that allow for seeding desirable turfgrasses while suppressing the weeds,
however, weeds can still crop up after the herbicide breaks down in the
soil. Typical broad leaf herbicides usually
have a recommendation on the label to wait approximately 6 weeks after application
Sodding - Sodding is the quick fix method for areas which
need renovations at all times of the year.
During the spring, especially if pre-emergent herbicides have been
applied, it might be your only option for renovation. Try to match the existing turf with the sod
as this will help give the turf a uniform look.
You should also take the time to amend the existing soil with new top
soil or a compost. This will give the
sod a suitable new growing environment.
Fertilizing - Fertilizing for both seed and sod
should be done according to soil test results.
Guessing on fertility requirements can be a waste of time, money and
Whether seeding or sodding, BE READY TO WATER! We may get enough rain naturally during the
spring months to get the turf started, but if the summer is hot and dry you
will need to keep your lawn from getting thirsty. Spring renovated turf often does not have a
root system that can handle summer drought stress. Spring renovated turf may go into the summer
looking good but will die without water during the hot and dry times.