Thanks guys for the new lawn help
I previously asked a question here: http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/load/lawns/msg0717570326516.html?9015063b585c40dc70664ba73bf82bb8&rnd=Pvjfn
I more so lurked around a lot on these forums, grabbing all the tips and learning from a lot of previous discussions. I figured I would post the results of my new lawn. As I have you guys to thank.
It's now a midwest fall for me, so don't mind the leaves I'm mulching back in to the yard. It's still a little bit mature, but I'm told it will be nice and full with a dark green by May. I hope the maturity will help even it out. I also have a huge plantain weed problem, but that should hopefully fix it's self this winter. Other than a few bare spots from rainfall on the seeds, it's perfect for me.
I will continue to cut it at mower specified "3.5in", the highest I can go with the highest wheel notch as well. It's actually really a little over 3.5", maybe close to 4". I used a starter fertilizer twice so far, once not long after seeding and another time a month or so ago. I don't plan on using corn meal gluten in the spring, because I may want to seed some of the bare spots, so I may stick with another organic fertilizer and nothing weed pre-emergent. I DO NOT use a lawn roller. I assume my neighbors actually think I'm nuts using a push broom on my yard, but I like the stripes without having to compact the soil with a roller. I switch horizontal versus diagonal every weekly mowing cycle. I am probably going to continue to mow late in the fall, even with little weekly growth, just to help mulch up the leaves. After getting past the 3" inch growth mark, I had it on a weekly 1" watering schedule (only on Sundays right after I'm done mowing), but this fall there has been more than a inch of rain every week, so I've stopped until spring.
Here's hoping the roots go deep before Ohio's hot summer hits next year. Any suggestions to what I've described?