Return to the Lawn Care Forum | Post a Follow-Up

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

Posted by NJ_Mike NJ Zone 6 (My Page) on
Sat, Apr 21, 12 at 18:14

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.
http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj621/NJ_Mike/IMG_5506.jpg
http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj621/NJ_Mike/IMG_5507.jpg
http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj621/NJ_Mike/IMG_5504.jpg
http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj621/NJ_Mike/IMG_5511.jpg
http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj621/NJ_Mike/IMG_5509.jpg


Follow-Up Postings:

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

Trying to insert pics..hope it worked.
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket


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

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!


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Lawn Care Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here