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    Anyone have an opinion on when is best to over seed???

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    Yeah, right about NOW!!!!! Before the first frost.

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    Definitely... the fall is the best time.

    If you're going to aerate... I'd schedule that now and then over seed right afterward.

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    Now...

    I just had it done this week. Get it on /in while the rain is coming....before the frost.

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    Ryegrass is best and something that is not annual.... And by the way growing season is DONE in NH. Plant next spring, otherwise its waste

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    I wouldn't bother doing it now, there isn't enough time for the seeds to get a good root established. Do it this spring, when the ground is good and wet from the snow melting, and the seeds will have all summer to develop a good root system.


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    where's bentbryan when you need him? he's a per-fesh-un'l.

    my advice? colored gravel. one-time install fee, zero upkeep fee...

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    Originally posted by bemused
    where's bentbryan when you need him? he's a per-fesh-un'l.

    my advice? colored gravel. one-time install fee, zero upkeep fee...
    lol that is my backyard



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    I prefer the early spring. Throw down the seed and the frequent warm rain means no upkeep or watering. Besides, with leaf removal right now, it's a biotch to preserve fresh seed/new lawn.

    Seed won't germinate very well now, it's too cold. It needs to be over 50 or something like that (all the time).

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    Originally posted by bigred875
    lol that is my backyard


    I love what you've done with it!

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    Originally posted by snowborder
    Ryegrass is best and something that is not annual.... And by the way growing season is DONE in NH. Plant next spring, otherwise its waste
    not true. you can plant right up until the snow is on the ground. as long as the seed's there in the spring, it'll grow. make sure you use either a lawn de-thatcher (you can rent 'em at your local rental place) or rake it thoroughly. try to scratch up the ground as much as possible. after you apply seed, follow up with an application of starter fertilizer and pelletized lime. I'd hit it with a winterizer in a couple of weeks too. oh, and be sure to mow your lawn at either 2 1/2" or 3" before overseeding. as far as seed blends go...not sure how much sun your lawn gets but I'd stick with a general 'overseed' blend. happy planting!

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    Back in the day when i actually had to work all day I used to landscape with my uncle after school and on weekends. When we put lawns in late in the season (i think the soil temp had to be somewhere around 55 degrees for normal grass seed to germinate? ) we would use a blend of whatever type grass they wanted and some type of rye. The rye would grow until the ground froze and basically would keep the soil from washing out for the winter. In the spring the grass seed would start to germinate and once you start to mow it, the rye dies out and the lawn fills in. That's the way we done it down here like 15 years ago but there may be a more gooder way now


    And some day when i grow up and have my own place, i've got the landscape plan already planned out, front yard will be forest with a driveway and walkway to the house and the backyard will get the good stuff, carpet on the jumps and landings, sandy burms, grassy table tops, and mulch everywhere else.. Oh yeah, and a automatic sprinkler system

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    Working in landscaping for a while, you always seed at the end of the season! Seed now and forever hold your peace.

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    Pave it all... it'd make a hell of a go kart track!!

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    Best WAS September, but you can plant TODAY.

    I get stuff to grow all winter on the Cape. Warm up and the peach fuzz gets a little taller..............

    Start now and be established when the heat shows up in July.......

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    Best WAS September, but you can plant TODAY.
    This is wrong for NH you cannot get grass to grow now and anything you put down now will just rot and blow away. Everyone has their opinon, but you cannot get grass to grow when the soil temp is lower than 50 degress like is now in NH.

    Working in landscaping for a while, you always seed at the end of the season! Seed now and forever hold your peace.
    And landscapers tell you this so they can extend their work into late season.

    Growing season is over and get over it.

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    Originally posted by snowborder
    This is wrong for NH you cannot get grass to grow now and anything you put down now will just rot and blow away. Everyone has their opinon, but you cannot get grass to grow when the soil temp is lower than 50 degress like is now in NH.



    And landscapers tell you this so they can extend their work into late season.

    Growing season is over and get over it.
    Well first off...as a landscape/ irrigation company owner, I would never tell a client anything misleading just to extend my work season. I know there's plenty of people who would, but not I. Second, if you are overseeding an existing lawn and are careful to aggitate the soil and work the seed in, it is highly unlikely that it will blow away. Nor will it rot, what doesn't pop will go dormant and will germinate in the spring as soon as mother nature tells it. The advantage to doing it now, as opposed to spring, is that it will start growing as soon as it is warm enough, but sometimes still alittle wet to work because of winter-melt. (you won't make a mess of your site) I am speaking from over a decade of experience. Believe me, it's fine to overseed now.

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    Agreed, working for my cousin, who has the largest landscaping company in the greater Nashua area, you will be fine if you do it now. I would suggest some sort of irrigation system if you do not regularly water your lawn also.

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    Thanks for all of the advice. I started my lawn in the spring with a conservation mix, which has come in well, but I wanted to overseed with bluegrass. My lawn gets plenty of natural water, so irrigation is not a problem, and I want to stay off it in the spring like bryan said, So i guess I will get some seed and some lime pellets this weekend and throw it down after I mow.

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    Just checking in to see how that grass isn't growing?

    So have the birds started eating it yet?

    Has the wind blown most it away?

    Let me know how the rotting process proceeds throughout this fall and next spring!

    I just don't get it, if it won't grow now, why put it down now.

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    Originally posted by bentbryan
    ....The advantage to doing it now, as opposed to spring, is that it will start growing as soon as it is warm enough, but sometimes still alittle wet to work because of winter-melt. (you won't make a mess of your site) I am speaking from over a decade of experience. Believe me, it's fine to overseed now.
    Please see above

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    Originally posted by HBerry
    Please see above

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    I still don't get it... if it doesn't grow now why put it down now, it will still grow as soon as it gets warm in the spring if you put it down as soon as it gets warm in the spring?

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    I get the feeling you're speaking from theory, as opposed to experience...

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    Well lets just say the "landscaping company" that seeded my lawn at my new house in Plymouth, NH.... planted it on Oct 1st of last year. Not a single blade of grass was to be seen all fall, all winter and all spring.

    It wasn't until 10 days after I decided to plant new seed down on top of the rotten seed that was laid down last fall, that new grass started to appear in late June(summer).

    I had this same story told to me by the Landscaping company that you can plant grass until the first of November. I didn't buy it then, I don't buy it now and won't ever buy or even begin to believe this story again.

    Lets just say $2500 was held in escrow at the closing for this very reason. I won it back from the builder in late June.

    So yes in theory I am speaking from experience. What the birds didn't eat either rotted or blew away.

    So my stance stays why put it down now when you can put it down more efficiently and save your money until next spring.

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