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Dave Miller
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Has anyone tried overseeding their lawn by putting the seed into seed balls first (vs. just spreading the seed or some other traditional method)? 

I had many patches of "weed" grass and while the grass was dormant (late summer) I killed these off with glyphosate.  I was thinking that since only the weed grass was green (rest is pretty much brown, due to little/no summer irrigation) it would kill only the weed grass.  This pretty much worked, but in some areas I guess the regular grass was indeed alive and it was killed also.  So the lawn is covered with dead patches.

I know seed balls work well in the garden or with field crops, I would think they would work fine for grass as well.  So I'm going to give it a try.
 
Aljaz Plankl
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Maybe you could try this method i described in another thread.
When i'm sowing seed mixes, i mix them with garden soil, add watter, so the thing gets muddy. It's a muddy liquid basically. That's how seeds get coated with mud. Then i just add more soil while mixing everything. When i get normal moist soil again i scatter it.
 
Jeremy Bunag
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Both good ideas!  Post how it works out...
 
Dave Miller
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Well I am trying three things:

1. Just spread the seed with a spreader
2. Seed balls
3. Dry seed ball mixture (1 part seed, 3 parts compost, 5 parts clay soil), not wetted or made into balls

I did 1 & 3 the same day I made the seed balls.  I just put the seed balls down this weekend.

Results so far:

1. Working OK, grass is sprouting, I'd guess 25% germination on bare dirt.
2. Haven't been out long enough to sprout yet.  It takes a LOT of seed balls to cover an area so I'm not so sure that was a great idea.
3. Working really well, germination probably 90%.  I think I will do more of this.  When I spread it (by hand), the seed "winnowed" a bit but it seems to be working fine.  I'll see if this mix will go through the spreader.
 
Dave Miller
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The seedballs are sprouting now, they look like miniature chia pets.  But the seed+compost+clay soil mix is working the best, by far. 
 
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