Why You Should Buy Coated Seed
The debate on whether to use coated seed or uncoated seed has a long history, with many on both sides. Advanced Turf favors the use of coated seed and discusses why you should buy it over uncoated seed in this blog.
Increased Chance of Seed Survival
No one wants to open another bag of seed after the first round of seeding did not work out so well. Using seed with the proper coating will help stop the chances of having to seed again and increase the chances that the seed will establish and develop into a mature plant. Coated seed improves the survival of seedlings for two reasons.
The first reason: the coating on the seed does not disappear as the seed grows; it stays put in the soil. By staying put in the soil, the roots can keep wet and use the moisture from the coating to successfully germinate, obtain healthy roots, and grow into a mature plant. All of those things allow for a better chance of achieving full coverage and thick turfgrass, which makes for excellent play on the golf course and good-looking lawns.
A seed coating that is able to hold moisture also allows the seed to survive in hot and dry conditions. Typically, seeding is not done in July or early August because the plants will die once they come up. But with the coating, the seed’s stress tolerance improves and a longer seeding window is opened up.
The second reason: the additives in the coating protect the seedlings against diseases, especially in hot conditions. They also ensure the seedling has the nutrients needed to begin development.
We are all looking to save ourselves time, and using coated seed can help. Seed coating holds in moisture, so the plant does not need to be watered as frequently. The coating is excellent for a lawn situation where you can’t depend upon the homeowner irrigating when they need to or as often as you tell them.
The coating is also excellent for irrigation situations at the golf course. It gives more latitude and flexibility with irrigation timing because of the coating holding moisture, especially in times of irrigation malfunctions.
The coating also helps in divot recovery. Sand and Seed mixture used in most divot filling operations can quickly dry out in between irrigation cycles. The moisture held close to coated seed increases seed survival and the chances the turfgrass will grow and fill in those divot voids.
Uniformity While Seeding
Whether you are using a slit seeder or rotary spreader, you can fight inadequate coverage with coated seed.
If you’re seeding with a slit seeder, uncoated seed may blend into the trench you’ve created and make uniform coverage difficult. Coated seed, with its typically bright-colored coating, will be highly visible, so uniform coverage will be easier to reach.
The coating on coated seed increases the ballistics of the seed, especially if you’re using a rotary spreader. Better seed ballistics negates the effects of wind, giving you more uniform coverage.
Sometimes our customers, whether they are homeowners or golf course members, need to see we are working. Coated seed can help assist with this. Customers will know you have done work, like filling in thin areas of turf, because they will see the bright color of the coated seed on the ground.
Advanced Turf Solutions sells Foliar-Pak’s XCD coating. XCD is a proprietary blend of beneficial bacteria, nutrients, Armament technology, absorbent technology, fungicide, and amino acids that work together to create an environment for the seed that promotes germination, root growth, successful establishment and prevents dampening off.