Not off to a good start...what is this in my so called lawn

nj_mikeApril 21, 2012

So, my lawn is a mess. I thought it would be a good idea to try and get a jump on it this year and start with core aerating and overseeding - I used Titan TLC Plus. I know, everyone says fall is the best time to overseed but I have bare spots and lots of weeds so I wanted to get ahead of it. I'm going to overseed again in the fall. Anyway, I overseeded, the temp then dropped into the 30's at night and nothing germinated. I talked to the seed company and they said to keep watering and once it warms up the seed will germinate and start to come up. Well, I have been watering twice a day, it's been warming up the last 10 days, nothing is starting to come up but the weeds. I know there is crabgrass and dandelions but I have other stuff that I dont know what it is or how to get rid of it. I'm still watering in hopes that the grass will grow but I feel like its not and I'm just watering the weeds. Any help? I was thinking about aerating and seeding again but I think that it may be best to wait until fall.

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    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 6:25PM
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kimpa(z6b PA)

Mike, you are right that the best time is fall. Then is the time to use broadleaf weed killer and after the proper time stated on the label, reseed. The problem with seeding in spring is that the soil is cold and then when the new grass does sprout, our weather heats up so high in the summer that the poor little things fry.

In the fall, the soil is warm and the temperatures are cooling down. That is what grass likes. I see plantain, dandilions and I think, dead nettle (lamium) or it could be ground ivy. Spelling may be off.

I would practice good lawn care like first getting a soil test. You can usually purchase kits from your county extension office. Fertilize in May and September. Mow high and never take off more than 1/3 of the length of your grass. Adjust the PH in fall, if it needs it. Be patient and don't expect a perfect lawn!

    Bookmark   April 22, 2012 at 9:30AM
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