If the area to be seeded is bare ground, follow the same steps found in the Pasture & Prairie establishment. If the area currently has preferred vegetation, follow the interseeding steps below.
Interseeding into an existing grass stand to create a food plot or wildlife habitat can be an easy 2 step process. After a site is chosen, the first step is to mow/shred the area to be seeded in the early spring to approximately 2-4 inches high.
Drill or broadcast the selected species. Using a grass drill allows for precise and accurate seeding. The seed should be placed 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep. If the seeds are planted too deep, they may not establish. Another method that can be used to plant the area is broadcast seeding. If a broadcaster is used, it is recommended to roll or cultipack the site after the seeds have been broadcasted. Rolling or cultipacking the site will create good seed to soil contact. Whenever the broadcasting method is used, it is recommend to increase the seeding rate by 50-100%.
We do not recommend applying fertilizer at seeding time because it promotes weed growth. If a soil test has been conducted, apply fertilizer at the recommended rate. If tests have not been conducted, apply 2 pounds of nitrogen and 1 pound of phosphate per 1000 square feet or 50 pounds of 50 – 25 – 0 per acre 3 times a year after plants are 6 to 8 weeks old.
Mowing/shredding can be utilized if weed pressure becomes a concern after seeding. Once the site is established, any herbicides applied should follow the chemical label.