Dormant seeding is
just like fall seeding except it is done when the soils have cooled enough to prevent seed germination. In Omaha that's usually
mid-November thru March.
Cool Freezing temperatures? Don't worry, won't harm your seed. Grass seed acclimated by winter weather and soil moisture will quickly
germinate as the spring soil temperatures climb. Using PrimeraFC seed dressing over grass seed in bare spots will insure spring germination. A weed free clay base seed cover, PrimeraFC,
works like a blanket and absorbs sunlight warming the soil and seed for early germination. Cool Season grasses like Green
Love™ and Stadium Special™ sown on cold winter soils will germinate sooner than grass
seed sown in April. Macho Mix™ fescue seed and Estate Mix™ bluegrass seed varieties are all cool season blends that
will perform well for dormant seeding.
Frost seeding is easy,
dependent on the surface of the soil being moist followed by some freezing weather. As moist soil freezes and thaws, small
pockets are formed on wet bare soils and are perfect for catching and holding seed. As the soil dries, the pockets collapse
and cover the seed.
Snow seeding is simple
requires a light snowfall (up to an inch) that still allows bare spots to be seen. Spread seed by hand on areas that need
thickening up. As the snow melts it brings the seed into good
Extreme lawn renovating for those lawns nuked by summer heat or fall drought, dormant seeding can involve core aerating or verticutting
and broadcasting seed immediately after. Creating contact with the soil where seed can germinate in the warming spring
soil temperatures. Remember, the soil must be dry enough and unfrozen for this to be practical.
Dormant seeding now eliminates bare spots and thickens the existing turf in early spring. No bare spots will mean no room
for ugly summer weeds. Dormant seed now and you avoid fighting muddy conditions from spring thaw and early rains. Once you
develop a good dormant seeding plan, you will be surprised at your results.