Grass Seed

January 1, 2014
  • Grass Seed

Grass Seed

Overseeding is highly recommended with all aerations. Just like everything else, grass ages, and reproduction rates slow. Thinning grass allows room for weeds to grow. Overseeding cycles in new grass seed to compensate for the natural slow down of the turf’s reproduction, and insures your lawn stays thick and dense. Thick grass is less susceptible to weed growth. Also, there are new advances in grass seed every year improving disease resistance than those varieties already in your lawn.

UNL Field Day Grass test plots

NTEP test plots in Mead, NE July 23, 2014

All grass seed applied by Omaha Organics is certified by the Nebraska Crop Improvement Association and scores at the top of the NTEP field trials. We typically apply one of two different varieties of seed: fescue or bluegrass.

 

Fescue

Fescue grass seed is easily seeded and includes the sub species of tall bunching grasses named tall fescue and fine shorter fescues named creeping red, and chewing fescue.

All of the fescues share the same characteristics, generally being shade tolerant, staying green all year, and having very good drought resistance. Fine Fescues are more cold and shade tolerant than Tall Fescue, but both are used throughout much of the central United States.

Tall Fescue Planting Rates:
New Lawns: 5-10 lbs. per 1,000 sq. ft.
Overseeding: 5 lbs. per 1,000 sq. ft.

Fine / Creeping Red Fescue Planting Rates:
New Lawns: 3-5 lbs. per 1,000 sq. ft.
Overseeding: 3 lbs. per 1,000 sq. ft.

 

Bluegrass

Bluegrass is lush and finely textured. As most tender bladed grasses go; higher rates of fertilizer and water are needed. Its fast growing characteristic has the ability to develop a good root system against drought.

Bluegrass Planting Rates:
New Lawns: New: 3-4 lbs. per 1,000 sq. ft.
Overseeding: 3 lbs. per 1,000 sq. ft.

Dormant Seeding

Dormant seeding is the 2nd best time of the year for establishing cool-season grasses. If you missed the August – September window then a dormant seeding would be the next best option.

To have our grass seed applied or to purchase seed please contact Omaha Organics Lawn Care.

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