Pre-Germinating Grass Seed For Overseeding Project - September 2022
Across the whole lawn, I've gone about trying to kill (or injure) all the Nimblewill and Crabgrass. My plan is to make all three sections of the backyard a combination of grasses. That started by planting some Tall Fescue in the first third last year where the KBG was struggling.
These are bags that were a good value (at Menards), but are made up of MOSTLY actual varietal of grass seeds. Below are the labels. First, the Tall Fescue - which is 40% Barmesh Tall Fescue, 40$ Barrepair Tall Fescue and 14% JT-783 Tall Fescue. Based on what I've read, all three are from Barenbrug and are "RTF" versions - Rhizomatous Tall Fescue seeds - that have these characteristics: they spread by rhizomes, are better at handling dry conditions, work in shade and self-repair.
- First third (closest to patio): Currently KBG and a little Tall Fescue. Plan: Overseed with Tall Fescue.
- Middle third: Currently Fine Fescue. Plan: Overseed with both KBG and Tall Fescue.
- Back third: Currently mix. Plan: Overseed with both KBG and Tall Fescue.
- First third: 8# of Tall Fescue
- Middle third: 5# of Tall Fescue, 5# of KBG
- Back third: 7# of Tall Fescue, 5# of KBG.
One of the hard parts with KBG seed is the long germination period - sometimes up to 14 days. From what I've watched on YouTube, a five-plus day soak will cut off as much as half from the germination time. Tall Fescue on the other hand can germinate as soon as seven days. That means that we'll be seeing sprouting of seeds in as little as two days.