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Sowing Grass Seed in Winter
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Debbi    Posted 01-11-2002 at 22:03:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I live in northern Michigan (Gaylord) and I want to add some grass to my pasture. I have heard that I can spread the grass seed right over the snow, as long as it's not too deep and it will germinate as soon as the spring thaw hits. Has anyone heard or tried this? I hate to invest in seed if it's going to be a fruitless effort. Thanks -


Debbie    Posted 02-02-2006 at 17:14:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have an area that is in the shade big tree all around, we'd like to sow grass seed now in hopes that it will grow this spring, and fill in this muddy area. We live country side outside of Philadelphia, PA.
ANY suggestions on how or IF this can be done.


IHank    Posted 01-11-2002 at 22:43:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Debbi- Yes, you can sow grass seed over snow and get a good stand come spring. That is just as long as the spring run off don't wash the seed away.

Investigate why you got bare patches in your pasture. Contamination? Soil nutrition? Shade? Hard telling what else could be causing a problem, if you really have one.

Suggest you talk with your local seed sales people a bit. Ask about what grows good in your area. Then, buy some of that seed and sow it right on top of the snow.

If your place needs to be mowed to look good I can guarantee it'll grow. I can almost guarantee that you'll have mower problems too. But, let it grow and go to seed if you can/will. Big grin and good luck, IHank


pora    Posted 11-15-2007 at 10:50:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
im fix my lawn. the dirt is really dry and the grass that was there before just diappeared and its just dirt sitting there. Dry and hard.
what should i do in order to grow grass and is it better to start during the winter???
PLEASE HELP!!


Dreamweaver    Posted 01-12-2002 at 15:43:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just remember that if you dont get any freshly fallen snow for a few days over the seed, there are a lot of hungry birds who might enjoy dining on it. Good luck.


IHank    Posted 01-12-2002 at 19:03:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
What Dream Weaver sez is right on the money and more so than you'd expect. Them seeds are normally dropped during the summer and fall, when they are plentiful. Now, them birds are even more watchful for some goodies to munch on.

The trick is to sow the seed just before a mild snow storm that melts in a few days. The snow will wet the seed down and melt water will carry it into the cracks and crevices in the ground, just like nature does it.

Come spring, when temps are right, the seeds will take off and grow, just like nature intends. A downside is that seed sown on top of thick snow cover and laying there all winter might get washed away during/by sudden spring snow melt and run off.

Another trick, that works for me, is to sow at at rate 50% higher than recommended. That helps with bird feeding and other seed loss problems.

Good luck, IHank


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