Overseeding Before Rain | Will Rain Wash My Newly Seeded Lawn?


hey picture-perfect people it is Katie
with PPLM we are completely underway at this point with aeration and seeding
services so I want to take this opportunity to talk to you real quick
about a very common question and common concern that a lot of people have in
regard to the scheduling and performance of their service and that is how it
impacts the results of your seeding when you over seed before rain we’re going to
talk about the pros and cons regarding seeding before rainfall as well as where
your property may lie on the bell curve of risk so let’s get into this two things before we go any further just
be sure real quick to go down and subscribe to our channel if you haven’t
done so already and while you’re down there come in and let me know if you’ve
ever had any problems with your seeding success where the weather has been
concerned did a hurricane completely mess it up or did you get a ton of rain
and thought that it was shot and then he went outside you got an amazing stand of
baby grass going on just let me know what your experience has been second
thing that I want you to keep in mind is that you have to join us on Thursday
September 12th at 9 p.m. Eastern Time on our YouTube channel because we are going
to be hosting another live event and this one’s actually gonna go right
there’s not gonna be anything botched like last time because we’re going to be
having Matt Martin as our guest star talking about carbon fertility and that
carbon based fertilizer carbon acts that everybody has been really excited about
this year we did a cross-table interview with Matt at the beginning of the year
so check out that video if you haven’t done so already so this is gonna be kind
of a follow up to that seeing where he is with his carbon earth
company as well as learn what he’s learned over the course of this year
both from a business perspective as well as a fertilizer and soil health
perspective so again that is Thursday September 12th when you’re done watching
this video be sure to head over to the grass factory YouTube channel subscribe
to Matt check out his videos just to familiarize yourself with his great
personality he is basically a member of the family at this point we love Matt be
sure to check him out and support him and tune in at 9 p.m. on Thursday the
12th so like with anything in lawn care there’s a really fine line between too
much and too little whether it’s mowing or watering or
fertilizer rain is the same way you can have too much of it you can have too
little earlier this summer we were definitely experiencing too little
especially when we took into consideration how stupid hot it was
getting now the temperatures are leveling out and everything is feeling
pretty good but we’re also heading into hurricane season and if you remember
from last year we got way too much rain we had record-breaking rains it I think
was like the third wettest year on record which is a hundred and fifty
years of records so we want to see some sort of balance between those two
extremes we don’t want droughts but we don’t want down
guess what you guys no one can control it it’s not up to you it’s not up to me
it’s not up to Jimmy the big boss at picture perfect nobody can control what
the weather is going to do as much as we would love that power yeah you heard the
man he’s saving us rainy day so the potential issue of not
getting enough rain during the aeration and seeding window is kind of its own
issue and that’s gonna be a separate video someday but for now I want to talk
to you about the scenario in which we get really really heavy rainfall as
anybody who lives in our VA can attest especially if they were here during 2008
teens crazy downpours and just daily raining we see pretty much every type of
rain that you can imagine we’ve been through every kind of rain day is a
little bit of stinging rain and they go in sideways straight up from underneath even right after a seating some of this
rain can be good those nice soft drizzles without a lot of rain and
driving wings and water build-up are great that’s basically what your
irrigation is doing so if it’s similar in terms of how hard it’s hitting the
ground and how much it’s soaking it to your irrigation output then it’s gonna
be a good thing so long as your irrigation is tuned right nice rain
happens usually in the morning or early daytime and it’s that nice quiet steady
drizzle however more years than not we get just as much if not more of the bad
rain and this is the downpour rain this is the rain that lasts for 30 minutes at
night but has a whole two inches coming down during that 30 minute time span its
thunderstorm rain and so during the summer this bad rain is most detrimental
associated with fungus that nighttime heavy rain where the moisture just sits
that’s what’s causing your brown patch and stuff like that erosion is on the
list of summertime problems that heavy rain can cause if it’s a poorly
established lawn with a steep slope or something like that but it’s kind of low
on the totem pole in terms of concerns with everything else going on during the
summer if anything most of us are doing a rain dance during the summer for
anything that we can get to break the heat and give our grass a little bit
more moisture than I can get just from irrigation that dancing comes to a fast
stop as soon as September hits though and it becomes aeration and
seeding season and that’s because during the summer the only real problem with
any kind of rain is going to be fungus and we can do something about fungus we
expect it and it is what it is but during the fall there’s a lot more that
can be put at risk by rain so if you remember from our aftercare video fescue
takes about a week to Germany at least and then it can take a month or more to
really develop successfully to the point where it’s able to hold itself in place
and withstand things like mowing and foot traffic this first month but
especially that first week is when fescue seed is most at risk of negative
consequences associated with hurricane season and heavy downpour rains however
and this is the important thing to keep in mind and where that bell curve of
risk comes into play that I was telling you guys about the degree of risk to
your seeding success that is posed by heavy rains doesn’t just depend on how
much rain is falling within how much amount of time it also depends on the
quality of your lawn starting out this is really important to remember and
understand because I don’t want you guys to think that just because there’s a
hurricane about to come through or just because it rained a few days after your
seed was put down that everything was jeopardized and no baby grass is going
to come up that’s not the case that’s not true
that’s a misunderstanding there is a special situation in which that’s more
likely to happen but even then it may not so let me get into that a little bit
further areas of the lawn that are starting out as thin or bare and
especially ones that are on a slope are at much greater risk of there being any
kind of disturbance in the lay of the seed because there isn’t that adult turf
holding that seed into place this is why if you remember from our liquid aeration
video there is still a good reason for core aeration on properties that are
considering liquid but haven’t had that established lawn yet
core aeration does a great job of giving a supplementary foothold that may be
grass that an adult turf setup would otherwise be doing so the two biggest
risk factors outside of how much rain you’re getting in general
is how thinner bear your lawn is starting out and how much of a slope you
have to your lawn in general now keep this in mind
– if seed is disturbed as a result of heavy rainfall it doesn’t mean that
you’ve lost all of that seed if anything it’s just gotten relocated think of it
this way when enough rainfalls that it’s not able to soak into the ground quickly
enough that’s when you get run off you get puddles in that water pooling above
the Earth’s surface and that’s where your seat is sitting that’s where it’s
going to be doing its routing thing and all of that so as soon as that water
starts to rise on the soil surface seed floats so it’s gonna go with it it’s not
disappearing it’s not immediately running a hundred yards down the road
it’s just floating on top and like a boat it’s gonna shift and it’s gonna go
to a different part of the yard especially if it’s just a little pocket
of a bare area it’s probably just gonna drift to where that adult grass is going
to catch it the problem here is that it leads to irregular growth patterns so
where the seed got moved away from that bare area that was at risk that’s where
you’re going to have another bare area or a thin spot next season however if it
shifts you know five feet to the side where your adult turf starts again and
it gets caught all of a sudden you’ve got a lot of seed mound it up in that
one spot and you’re going to have really over thick growth the following spring
this usually is going to smother itself out grass does not like to be seen too
heavily that’s why you don’t over over seed you don’t want it to be so thick
that it out competes with itself but again your see didn’t get lost it just
got moved so that’s something to keep in mind about how that weather is going to
impact your seeding service so what can be done about it right that’s why we’re
watching this video isn’t it we want to know what we can do what can we do to
fix it I’m a fixer I get it the best thing that a homeowner can do to reduce
the risk of a negative impact from heavy rain on their seeding success is to
understand their property find out and understand where you are on that bell
curve of risk do you have a well-established relatively flat lawn
you basically have no risk do you have sloped lawn or one with thin or bare
spots that are at risk well okay we need to pay more attention to the weather
understanding the risks as they are associated with your unique lawn and
gives you that perspective to know whether or not something is worth making
adjustments for now this is where a lot of people ask me about what our
guarantee is on our seating service where the weather is concerned let me
tell you what I can guarantee I can guarantee you that we are using some of
the highest quality seat on the market we are using seed that is a hundred
percent clean of any wheat seed we are using a seed that has a guaranteed
germination of at least 90 percent if it is cared for correctly we are using
fescue seed harvested this year that is triple blended to ensure quality growth
and I can guarantee that we are putting it down at an ideal application rate for
the maximum amount of healthy growth but I can’t guarantee the weather I do
everything that I can with every client for picture-perfect to talk to you about
the risks associated for your specific lawn like we are doing in this video and
I do everything that I can to open the opportunity to every homeowner to make
the final decision about whether or not their service is going to be performed
on the day that it’s originally scheduled we contact all of our clients
a week ahead of service as well as a day ahead to give plenty of notice and if
there’s a situation where we’ve come to the conclusion that it’s a high-risk
lawn and trust me I have multiple situations
like this where it’s a client that I care about they’ve got a lawn that is
completely bare and on a significant slope they are high risk and I don’t
want them to lose out on that investment so during those Kalla heads I’m looking
at the weather and I’m asking them to look at the weather too and we’re
talking about whether or not based on the time of the year they want us to
just go ahead and do that service or if based on the forecast they’re more
comfortable holding off now keep in mind based on the way that our scheduling has
to operate if you’re scheduled for example on September 28th and there’s a
hurricane possibly brewing out in the Atlantic and you decide to hold off on
that service I can’t guarantee that you’re going to be scheduled for
two weeks later it may be another month until we’re closer to that area again
before we’re able to reschedule that service so it’s something to keep in
mind but it’s not something to panic about like I said the vast majority of
lawns especially ones that are established are not a high risk for any
kind of disturbance of the scene even with hurricanes and remember last year
we got like three hurricanes back to back to back we still see a very very
low rate of seed compromise but if it’s something that you have concerns about
or if it’s something that you have questions about I greatly encourage you
to reach out to our office to discuss the best plan for your lawn so like I
said before be sure to go comment below and let me know if you’ve ever had an
issue with your lawn where the rain has been concerned and also just let me know
how your aeration seeding season is going whether your professional and your
under way like we are or you’re a homeowner that does it yourself and
you’ve already done it or you’re about to let me know where you are in that
progress aeration seating is super exciting it’s all downhill from here
through the spring lawns are gonna be looking amazing I don’t even want to
think about summer anymore we’re so close to fall just in general so comment
below and let me know what’s going on in your lawn as always I appreciate you
guys taking the time to watch with me if you have questions give me a shout
otherwise I hope that you have a picture-perfect day

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11 thoughts on “Overseeding Before Rain | Will Rain Wash My Newly Seeded Lawn?

  1. I only recently found your channel. You are probably the best explainer of all the lawn care channels. I'm in central OH so unfortunately I can't hire PPLM. But I have subscribed. Good stuff.

  2. We've had practically ZERO rain here for 3 months. So my lawn is fried and has lots of dead spots.

    Last weekend I overseeded it with KBG and set up the sprinklers to water it 4x per day to keep it moist. And guess what?
    Yup. It rains the day after I put the seed down. And not just a gentile rain. It freakin' pours!!! >:(
    3 months of no rain at all. Put $90.00 worth of seed down…..BAM! Gully washer. Thanks a lot Mother Nature…you bitch!!!!
    So now I don't know if the seeds are still there. And if watering and applying starter fertilizer it is a waste of time and money.
    Since KBG takes 3 weeks to germinate. I won't know if the seeds washed away for a looooong time. And in the mean time I'm left wondering if I should water it and put down the fertilizer or not.

    I used a SunJoe with the scarifier blades to rough up the soil. Then I raked the seeds in a bit with the back of a rake. And then I rolled the seeds in with a lawn roller. So I did everything but cover them with a blanket to hold them in place.
    All I can do now is spend a small fortune watering the ground for 3 weeks and keep my fingers crossed that they are still there.
    Thanks a lot Mother Nature…..you Bitch!!!!

  3. Haha i was literally JUST wondering if there were any lawn care channels that feature knowledgeable, young ladies rather than the nonstop parade of dudes ive seen on YT thus far. And boom. Like the content a lot. Keep up the good work!

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