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KBG spring care after overseeding (mowing, alfalfa pellets)

Posted by Mike_13 Poland (Europe! :) (My Page) on
Mon, Mar 24, 14 at 10:58

I overseeded my lawn with Kentucky Bluegrass last September. After winter the grass has grown up to 3,5-4 inches in some places, but around 60-70% of my lawn is still at ~1,5 inches.
Right now temperatures in my area 40 overnight and 60 during the day, but they are forecasted to reach 50 overnight and 70 during the day at the end of the week.

Is it already time to mow my lawn? Should I bag or mulch the clippings?
When do I start fertilizing with alfalfa pellets? And, finally, should I stick to alfalfa pellets throughout the entire season, or should I use a "regular" fertilizer every once in a while?

Thanks in advance!

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RE: KBG spring care after overseeding (mowing, alfalfa pellets)


Thanks for reminding us that Poland is in Europe :)

You might want to bag these first clippings as it appears you will be cutting more than a 1/3 of the grass stalk off if some areas are 4" high. When mulching grass you really want to reomve about a third of the grass blade.

As for the fertilization, it really depends on what you want to do. Are you looking for a hybrid of synthetics and Organics? Are you looking to go fully organic? Either one is acceptable depending on what you are trying to achieve.

As far as laying the Alfalfa pellets, you probably want to make sure there is no more freezes in the forecast where it may just sit there and get washed away by rain. As the temperatures rise, the micro-organism become more active to process the Alfalfa. There probably still a little sleepy.

Feeding with Alfalfa is just fine depending what else you may have access too. It's better to mix up the feedings if you can and maybe throw some higher nitrogen into the mix. If you have access to soybean meal and Corn Gluten Meal (higher nitrogen), cracked corn, etc.

RE: KBG spring care after overseeding (mowing, alfalfa pellets)

I would love to see pictures of your lawn. Can you post them here?

Don't worry about different grass heights...unless the short grass is growing in the shade. KBG needs full sun.

RE: KBG spring care after overseeding (mowing, alfalfa pellets)

Thanks for your replies!

I mowed my lawn on Saturday but I'll wait with fertilization until it gets a bit warmer.

I'm not sure if I want to go fully organic, or synthetic/organic. I just want a nice-looking lawn - first of all, I want it to be thicker, and then - if possible - I'd like to get rid of the weeds. But even a weed-infested thick lawn will make me happy.

Sure, I'll post some pictures of my lawn :) We're doing a house renovation this year, so don't pay attention to the hideous terrace and walls.

It's still a really miserable lawn, but compared to last year, the difference is night and day, especially considering how little money I invested in it so far (~$100).

Here's what it looks like (unfortunately, it looks much worse in person):
 photo Lawn1_zpsa172b943.jpg
It's pretty thick in some areas (~5-10% of my lawn)
 photo Lawn2_zps29e48f61.jpg
 photo Lawn3_zps5e6da516.jpg
But really ugly in other areas :( (half of my lawn looks like that..)
 photo Lawn6_zps55e7ae3e.jpg
 photo Lawn5_zps206b61f0.jpg
 photo Lawn4_zps91710b34.jpg

This post was edited by Mike_13 on Tue, Apr 1, 14 at 16:04

RE: KBG spring care after overseeding (mowing, alfalfa pellets)

It's getting warmer and the grass is growing - however, thin spots (which make up most of my lawn) aren't really getting any thicker, and weeds are popping up like crazy.

Here are some pictures.

Low spots:
 photo LowSpots_zps1cf722fb.jpg

Thin spots:
 photo ThinSpots2_zps458b07af.jpg
 photo ThinSpots_zps58f714b4.jpg

Tons of these weeds:
 photo Weeds1_zps3acbbab0.jpg
 photo Weeds2_zps7c5eb05c.jpg

Quite a lot of these:
 photo Weeds3_zps894ff547.jpg

A couple of these:
 photo Weeds4_zpsea303fde.jpg
 photo Weeds5_zps9d1ffbc6.jpg

Here's what I want my lawn to look like (Auteck's pics). I know I'm being silly, and I know there's no chance my current lawn will ever look like that - but I would like to get as close as possible.
 photo ThinSpots2_zps458b07af.jpg

I mowed once this year, I haven't started fertilizing or watering yet.

Where do I start? Any tips? I'd be very grateful :)

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