Green wrote: ↑
Tue Feb 23, 2021 1:06 pm
It should start growing a bit in the next week or two with those soil temps.
Good luck on your dormant seeding. Have you found KY-31 planted now can make it through Summer without supplemental irrigation?
I have extensive rehabbing to do on a property due to plow damage. In fact, all of what I seeded last Fall, plus a lot of existing grass, appears to have been plowed up. I likely will have only a relatively short period this Spring to access that property and fix it before I no longer have access. I will most likely need to dormant overseed as part of the repair, and I still have the KY-31 seed. I was impressed with the germination vigor last Fall, even though it was late in the year. I would hope the reseed would persist even once the property is no longer under my care.
My area's soil is about 7F cooler now than last year same time. On average mid-Mar is when soil temps reach 50F. So next couple of weeks should start seeing emergence across the board. With soil temps slowly warming all the emergence speed will be like sprout and pout. There's been lots of birds feeding on the lawn, so I'm thinking I may have to broadcast a little more seed next month.
The KY-31 is a very hardy plant and what I've seen
it handles heat and drought better than TTTF without irrigation. Like any cool season grass it struggles during the summer, curls, has brown blades, and I'm sure some % dies, but overall it survives
through several days of 90F/100F temperatures, then greens back up when temps cool and rains return. I maintain a tall cut to give the grass a better chance to survive summer. Promoting a healthy microbial diversity soil helps a lot.
I have KY-31 growing in the gravel roadside that I don't irrigate, fertilize, or amend the soil in the area. From one KY-31 plant a few years ago to many now.