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    Lawn Compost

    I am going to aerate and overseed this weekend. Would like to topdress with a compost. I have not bought any before and would like suggestions on what to get and where. What does the stuff usually cost?



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    Re: Lawn Compost

    There are a few posters here with plenty of compost to share.


    Yeah well, ya know, that's just, like uh, your opinion, man.

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    Re: Lawn Compost

    My experience with compost: wonderful weeds you've never seen before the following year.

    Does Des Moines have a Compost facility? Davenport has one run by the city. But as above, I wouldn't recommend it -- especially for your entire yard.



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    Re: Lawn Compost

    Just my opinion but I'd hold off on both till September sometime. Unless you plan to water your lawn for a few weeks it's pretty dry and hard right now to be overseeding. Last year I took the garden tiller to some bad spots in my lawn in mid-september and reseeded and hardly had to water at all because the cooler temps and timely rains were perfect conditions. I think unless you really keep after the watering right now that seed is just going to sit there and probably not do as well as if you applied it under more moist conditions.


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    Re: Lawn Compost

    try here....

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    Re: Lawn Compost

    I agree with Travman, now is not the right time. Conditions are too hard on new seed. If you can wait until later in the year it will work out better and you will be happier with the results.



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    Re: Lawn Compost

    I had the same experience! I wonder if "Compost Tea" would work any better.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rogue52 View Post
    My experience with compost: wonderful weeds you've never seen before the following year.



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    Re: Lawn Compost

    Actually, recent info from ISU and Purdue suggest overseeding anywhere between Aug. 15th and Sept. 15th is best. I know someone that overseeded on Aug. 16th that was seeing 1/4in shoots coming up after 8 days.

    You want to give your grass the most time possible to establish before winter hits. For every day you wait to seed after Sep. 15, it’ll take two to four days longer for it to mature. The key is to keep the ground moist for the entire germination period.

    Here is a link for optimum germination temps for various grasses.

    http://www.agry.purdue.edu/turf/tips/2005/temp819.htm



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    Re: Lawn Compost

    Quote Originally Posted by psycln11 View Post
    try here....

    Soil-Tek
    These guys no longer sell it.



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    Re: Lawn Compost

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    Mulch Mart is the place out by Waukee I PM'd you about. I've put compost on my lawn and didn't have any trouble



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    Re: Lawn Compost

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUFan22 View Post
    Actually, recent info from ISU and Purdue suggest overseeding anywhere between Aug. 15th and Sept. 15th is best. I know someone that overseeded on Aug. 16th that was seeing 1/4in shoots coming up after 8 days.

    You want to give your grass the most time possible to establish before winter hits. For every day you wait to seed after Sep. 15, itíll take two to four days longer for it to mature. The key is to keep the ground moist for the entire germination period.

    Here is a link for optimum germination temps for various grasses.

    http://www.agry.purdue.edu/turf/tips/2005/temp819.htm
    Not saying their research is off, just my opinion that it's too early right now. I reseeded entire sections in mid september last year and had plush grass before it frosted. Those sections came up and have been some of the best looking areas of my lawn this summer. Like I said, unless you plan to water the heck out of your lawn right now that seed is just going to sit on hard dry ground and not germinate right away while it will sprout much quicker in cooler damp weather.

    Kind of a trial and error thing on my part, I go more on instinct than research with my lawn care because a lot of that stuff is assuming average weather and conditions where only you know the conditions of you lawn at that time. Personally I'm not going to run up my water bill just to create good conditions to overseed right now. I'm waiting for some rain to soften the ground up and some more and keep the soil more moist than what it is now with it basically "baking" with the warmer temps.


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