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Fall Reseeding / Smart Scalping

background-21717_640Over-seeding process begins mid to late September

  • reduce the amount of irrigation applied to the turf
  • reduce water to the point the turf is stressed but not turning brown
  • do not eliminate irrigation

Begin reducing mowing heights

  • reduce heights ¼ to ½ inches weekly
  • remove grass clippings
  • desired final height of ½ inch

The height should not be lowered below ½ inch

  • lower heights are not necessary for germination
  • lower heights will affect the ability of Bermuda grass to re-establish in the spring
  • lower heights will also cause wear or damage to mowing equipment

Schedule seeding after October 15th

  • this is the date average night time temperatures drop below 60 degrees
  • Bermuda growth slows significantly
  • seeding before this will result in rapid re-growth of Bermuda
  • areas with heavy re-growth will become unsightly in December when Bermuda grass goes dormant

* If during the final mowing dust is noticed it can be suppressed by slightly wetting the turf

Apply seed

  • use HTI III ryegrass
  • one pound per 50-100 sq ft
  • best done by using multiple passes in a crisscross pattern
  • use Humus Gro Seed Cover for quicker germination and a much thicker and fuller lawn

Increase irrigation

  • seed must be kept moist
  • run off should be avoided so seed remains in place
  • short cycles at regular intervals ( every 2 hours during daylight )
  • constant monitoring is required
  • failure to do this will result in poor germination
  • maintain this schedule until the first mowing (approximately 2 – 3 weeks )

Mow turf when it reaches 2 inches

Re-seed areas with poor germination and top dress where necessary

Fertilize with Turf Royal after your second mowing

Manage water for established turf

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