It hasn’t exactly been a long Winter, but Winters always seem long when you’re waiting for hunting season to roll around. Our pals at Clever J Farms in southern Ohio have certainly been restless this season, and they decided to take advantage of a recent run of warm weather to do some frost seeding.
Category: Growing Advice
What’s the first thing you do when the temperature drops during the Fall or Winter? You bundle up by putting on extra layers of clothes!
This concept is even more important for your lawn. After all, if you’ve been using-and-abusing your home turf during the warmer seasons of the year, the grass has taken a bit of a beating. This can result in brown spots, and even bare patches. Fortunately, there’s a way that you can provide a “winter coat” of sorts for your lawn: Overseeding!
You can find many products on HancockSeed.com that explicitly instruct you not to plant them after the first frost. It makes sense to humans that plants prefer to be warm versus being cold. But did you know there’s a strategy for casting your seed upon frozen ground? This method of planning wildlife food plots has a name rooted in its wintry methodology: frost seeding.
The idea is for those tending the soil to spread their seed on top of the soil. When the weather gets cold, the water in the soil freezes into ice, and that in turn pushes the soil upward, surrounding the seeds for clover, chicory, oats, or other forage crops that were sown. The primary benefit to this method is you don’t need to rent equipment, or spend money on fuel, to complete the seeding process. It is even possible to sow new seed on as much as 2 inches of snow.
Hancock Seed has contact with several diverse audiences; from farmers looking to grow cover crops, down to someone looking to cultivate a fine lawn. From those looking to attract deer for hunting, to those looking to attract bees for pollinating their wildflowers. The thing all these people have in common?
They all have questions.
Overseeding is the best way to guarantee that your lawn is full and green come Spring. But we understand that you’ve had a busy Fall—watching high school football games on Friday night, college football games all Saturday, and NFL football games all Sunday. When are you supposed to overseed? Now it’s late in October and you haven’t had a chance to overseed! Is it too late?
Probably, yes, unfortunately.
A rule-of-thumb used by many lawn care experts is that the last day you can overseed should be roughly 45 days before the first frost. If you live near Hancock Seed in Florida or around the Gulf, there’s a chance that overseeding is still an option for you. If you are one of our many friends in the Midwest, it will be considerably riskier for you to attempt overseeding as we enter November.
Instead, consider dormant seeding!
When traveling, a good plan is to experience what you can’t get at home. Maine is famous for its lobster, Philadelphia for its cheesesteak, and there are hundreds of locales that boast what they claim is the “world’s best” BBQ. Lawns tend to be the same way. You may love the Bermuda lawns you see in Florida, but there’s just no way to make it work in Minnesota!
Of course, some people don’t want to mess around with comparing grass varieties. All they know is that they want a beautiful, green lawn, no matter what kind of grass that is. Hancock has your back, with its range of regional seed blends. These products are designed to grow well in a wide range of states, adapted to work with your climate and produce thick, dark turf. Making the right choice is as simple as matching the state where you reside to the lists we provide below.
No matter what you choose, now is the time to plant! October temperatures are ideal for beating the first frost. If you miss this opportunity, you’ll need to wait until Spring!
Got a lot of trees on your property? Be sure to scroll down and see Hancock’s Choice Shade Mix as well!
A year can be a long time, and it’s even longer for your lawn or sports turf. That’s why your Bermuda or Zoysia starts to look a little tired at the end of the year. That’s where overseeding comes in. Overseeding is like a shot of espresso for your lawn: just a little bit of extra effort will keep your grass green and awake all the way into Spring!
“Overseeding,” despite its intense name, actually requires significantly less time and seed than the base seeding of your lawn.
First, mow your lawn short. Overseeding involves casting the new seed directly on top of the existing lawn, so we want to make sure that we give that seed the best possible chance to reach the soil. Use a spreader to disperse the seeds across your lawn, for the best, most even results. The resulting seed will come up quickly, filling in dead patches and refreshing the green color to your lawn or sports turf.
But what kind of seed should you use? Believe it or not, it probably won’t be Bermuda or Zoysia (even if that’s what kind of grass you have). Hancock Seed offers three varieties and blends that make for great overseeding options. Browse through the features below to get an idea which product works best for you!
Some people / companies don’t like seeing themselves on the big screen. Hancock Seed is not one of those companies! We’re both proud and grateful to be featured in a great video that the Mad Guy Outdoors group created to demonstrate how they went about creating their food plots for the colder seasons. Among the Hancock guest appearances you’ll see are our Deer Greens Mixture, Killer Clover Mix, Hancock’s Fall & Winter Food Plot Seed Mix, and healthy top-off of Daikon Radish.
You can watch the video below, and check more of Mad Guy’s great video series here. It features plenty of hunting and fishing how-tos.
If you don’t have 20 minutes to spend right now, check out our chapter-by-chapter summary below. We’ll highlight some of the pointers that Mad Guy’s Madison Cole makes throughout.
Hearing from a friend is great, and for Hancock, hearing from your customer friends is even better! We’ve been inundated with mail from our buds this month, and one popular topic is our range of deer forage products. One friend has sent images to show how quickly their deer forage plots are springing up. Scroll down to see how well their Hancock’s Deer Greens are doing, just one week after being sown! You should also check out this video to see how well our Killer Clover is coming up for Scott over at Clever J farms.
Want to have results just as great as these? It takes more than just a great seed blend! Make sure you follow the ideal guidelines for planting each of our products, which you can review below!
The grass might not always be greener on the other side. But it might grow higher on the other side!
An unfortunate occurrence happens to many Hancock customers who use our seed blends to develop food plots for deer and other wildlife. They’ve done soil testing, and the weather has been great, so it’s tough to find a reason why their plot isn’t growing as advertised. We may be biased, but we promise it isn’t because of “bad” seed!
Fortunately, one of our friends and clients in Georgia sent a photo demonstrating a literal example of “the grass is higher on the other side,” which also helps illustrate the issue. Scroll down and you’ll see exactly what they witnessed: On one side of the fence, Hancock’s Spring & Summer Food Plot Mix is growing high and healthy. On the other side, the same mix is coming up in a patchier pattern.
The issue is deer. Our friends didn’t realize just how many they had in the area, and didn’t take proper precautions to keep the hooved mammals off of the young plot! Deer are hungry and they don’t care how developed the plot is, ultimately preventing it from reaching its potential. Our friends are smart people, and they’ll take steps to prevent the same thing from happening next year.
You can learn from their mistakes now, however! Read below to learn methods for protecting your food plot until it reaches maturity!