This summer has been extremely cool and wet across the midwest. This has effected Riviera bermudagrass seeding. To what extent? See below:
The background - the same location (Indianapolis, IN) - one field was seeded on June 1, 2014. The other field was seeded on July 1, 2014. Here is how they looked on Aug 10, 2014:
Current soil temp at a 4 inch depth:
Field seeded June 1, 2014:
Field seeded July 1, 2014:
As you can see, the earlier you can seed the better. Not only is the field seeded June 1 ready for play, the stolons and rhizomes are more mature, thus it has a better chance to survive the winter. Will the July 1, 2014 field be completely filled in by the first frost? We will keep an eye on both fields and keep you posted.
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