August Turf Renovation

September 12, 2013
  • New Seed Growth Turf Renovation

August Turf Renovation

An August turf renovation is pictured with new seed growth from a turf renovation done on the 16th by Omaha Organics Lawn Care.  The area was completely bare and is located is mostly shade underneath a maple tree.

Timing

The “optimum” time for seeding cool season grass is August 15 to Sept 15.  Timing is everything. The rule of thumb is for every ONE week waited to seed after Aug 15, the stand won’t be mature and ready for use for an additional TWO weeks in the spring. Do not seed when soil temperatures are warm enough for germination.  Seed when there is not enough time left before winter for good establishment. It is better to seed after soil temperatures cool so germination will not occur until the following spring. This is defined as dormant seeding.  This is usually more effective than spring seeding and only slightly less effective than September seeding.

Turf Preparation

The turf must be prepped for the seed.  Simply applying seed directly to the ground will provide the least favorable results.  Incorporating the seed into the ground to provide great seed to soil contact is recommended.  The best way to achieve this is to do an aeration, apply penn-mulch, topdress or all three.

  • Aeration – Regular core aeration is critical in maintaining a healthy organic lawn. Aerating loosens compacted soil, increases oxygen to the roots, improves water and nutrient infiltration, encourages strong root growth, and breaks up thatch build-up.
  • Penn-mulch – PennMulch Seed Accelerator, is a pelleted seed establishment mulch comprised of recycled newsprint, starter fertilizer, and Moisture Cell Technology. Adaptable to any soil type, PennMulch is ideal for establishing a thicker, healthier lawn in one convenient application. Perfect for home owners, turf professionals, golf course superintendents, athletic field managers and landscapers.
  • Topdressing – Our granular compost is plant matter consisting of grass clippings, leaves, wood chips, and other landscaping materials that have been recycled resulting in a nutrient rich soil amendment substance. Compost is great for use as a lawn top dressing, in gardens or landscaping because it is a natural soil conditioner and fertilizer that provides a rich growing medium. Our compost contains no animal manure or by-products. Our granular compost is CQA Certified. CQA stands for Compost Quality Assurance. It’s a designation or seal of approval given to bulk compost in North America from an independent organization called the Compost Council. CQA compost is the best of the best.

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