I'm going to overseed Labor day weekend. I'm going to use either the Lesco perennial ryegrass double eagle blend or a mix from my local feed mill of %30 Passport perennial ryegrass, %30 Wizzard perennial ryegrass, %25 creeping red fesue, and %15 KBG, with less than .01% weed seed. My 3 year old, acre lot is a mix of KBG, rye, fescue.
Would you go with the straight perennial from Lesco or the mix from the feed mill? I'm concerned about the feed mill mix because of the creeping red fescue. My research shows the fescue is more for shaded areas? I don't have much turf in shade. One of the grass mixes above will be overseeded in the front yard. I will overseed with Dutch white clover in the back.
Correct me if I'm wroing, but from reading these forums, the basic steps to overseeding are:
1. Lime : my ph is 5.7, I should raise that now so it has time to take effect.
2. Throw down some Soybean meal a couple weeks after the lime.
3. Mid August - spread alfalfa pellets
4. Mow low- the day before overseeding
5. Aerate heavily with core aerater- already reserved a Bluebird aerater
7. Spread on thin layer of compost
8. Use roller to ensure contact with ground
9. More SBM?
- Water lightly twice a day
Can I skip any steps? Did I miss a step?
I've read that I should overseed the clover by mixing the seed with either sand or Milogranite or compost (since the seed is so small)? I'm wondering if mixing the clover seed in with SBM would be a good idea? I already know what the setting needs to be on my spreader to spread SBM, so it would take the guess work out of the trial and error of setting the spreader up for the sand/clover mixture?