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amateur
Posted 15 Jan 2012
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Would it be possible to overseed our rugby and football pitch a week before the end of the season?We only have two weeks between the seasons,if we could get the seed down a week early it would heip the outfield
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Andy Matthews
Posted 15 Jan 2012
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Depends really when your talking I am guessing mid April, it really depends on how you intend doing it, I had one of my pitches overseeded a week before the last game last year, it was disc seeded so the seed was buried and away from any serious damage, having said that it didn't make any significant difference to the outfield for the start of the season as it's too soon, I had it done as the rest of the pitches were being done, depending on the ammount of grass cover you have left it will be a month at least before you notice any real improvement, it took us a month and we watered every day for that month.
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glenkeeran
Posted 15 Jan 2012
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The most vunerable time for seed would be when the seed germinates and starts a new life... for me for dwarf perenial rye grass from seed to playability would be a mininum of 6 weeks.
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richard roberts
Posted 15 Jan 2012
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If you've only got 2 weeks off you don't really hav much of a choice, you've just got to get it in when you can.
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Ken Barber
Posted 15 Jan 2012
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The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under who’s shade you do not expect to sit.

In the past and as a last result, I have broadcast seed just before the end of season and left it for the players to tread/run it in. You can always follow up and over-seed using a drill or disc seeder as soon as the season finishes!

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amateur
Posted 15 Jan 2012
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We use a disc seeder.Our league matches start on the second Saturday in May,so an extra week will help.If we have the money we would like to hollow core and bash the cores down to help with the levels,Do we need to do that before or after the overseed?
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Andy Matthews
Posted 16 Jan 2012
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I would do it before you overseed and break the cores down and work them back in with chain harrows or something similar, which as you say will help levels then disc seed.
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