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.
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.
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.
Location: Zone 8b: SW Washington
posted 10 years ago
The seedballs are sprouting now, they look like miniature chia pets. But the seed+compost+clay soil mix is working the best, by far.