Gone a month, lawn overgrown: how to fix it?

listener(4)August 30, 2011

I had to leave home for a month this summer, just a few months after seeding the yard around new construction. The housesitter neglected the yard and didn't mow it the entire time.

Now my yard is littered with three-foot-tall, red-stemmed, wheat-like grass that has aggressive stolons and is taking over. I haven't been able to identify this grass to determine if it is a week that needs addressing.

If I had to guess, I would say that it is annual ryegrass, and that I should just let it grow all over the place and reseed with fescue and bluegrass in a month. What should I do?

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We should be able to help you but I think we may need some more information about you. Here are a few questions that would provide helpful information for us.

Where do you live?
What was the yard seeded with?
Could you post pictures of the weeds and lawn?

    Bookmark   August 30, 2011 at 9:01PM
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I live in Vermont, zone 4. Tomorrow I will take some photos once the sun comes up. I seeded the yard with a mixture, which included about 20% annual ryegrass. The reddish tufts of grass were outgrowing the rest of my lawn but regular mowing seemed to keep them in check. After a month of neglect, however, I'm worried that it is crowding out the finer grass that you can see growing below it.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2011 at 10:25PM
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