Several times in the last week we received calls about seeding estimates before Spring. This is not unusual and, if done properly, can provide great results.
In the turf industry, we call this “Dormant Seeding.” The term dormant is used because the colder temperatures allow the seed to lay dormant in the soil and not germinate until the soil temperatures rise consistently above 50 degrees or higher (late April). It is very easy for us to schedule a dormant seeding application because it is completed before the unpredictable spring showers occur, typically in March.
Some of the reasons that you might consider dormant seeding are:
- Thin turf due to winter damage
- Poor turf recovery and density from the previous year turf issues
- New construction around your home that disrupted turf growth
- Is the soil sandy or filled with clay?
- How much shade covers the desired area to be seeded?
- What kind of seed will be planted?
- How will irrigation be managed?
Healthy turf provides aesthetic, economical, social, and environmental benefits to not only the homeowner but to the community as a whole. Turf provides for areas for recreation, relaxation, and sports activities. The environment is also benefited through established turf by increased air quality, reducing soil erosion, filtering contaminants from water, and many other important ways.