Best Time To Fertilize And Seed A Lawn With Clay Soil? - Landscaping & Lawn Care - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum


Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Landscaping & Lawn Care

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-19-2012, 04:40 PM   #1
Newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 1
Rewards Points: 10
Question

Best time to fertilize and seed a lawn with clay soil?


I have clay soil in the back and front yards of my house, and unfortunately whenever it rains, the water tends to pool and not soak into the soil very much.

I just moved into this new house, and just had the lawn aerated this past weekend (March 18th) as I can guarantee it's never been done before.

It's only March, so should I bother fertilizing and seeding yet? The weather for Burlington Ontario has been tremendous lately and next week the coldest it will be is 7 degrees Celsius.

Should I have bothered getting my lawn aerated yet? Especially if I can't fertilize or seed this early in the year?

Advertisement

bibowski is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2012, 11:27 PM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: zentral Iowa
Posts: 1,269
Rewards Points: 624
Default

Best time to fertilize and seed a lawn with clay soil?


I'm not an expert in lawns, or your area, but I don't think you can hurt anything by aerating in the fall and rolling in the spring. I don't know that you need to overseed.

If you want to just aerate and not roll, that is fine.

It is best to do your spring work in the fall.

Advertisement

cleveman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2012, 11:31 PM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Hartfield VA
Posts: 27,747
Rewards Points: 610
Default

Best time to fertilize and seed a lawn with clay soil?


http://www.scotts.com/smg/search/gSr...arch=clay+soil
joecaption is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2012, 11:33 PM   #4
Member
 
Ironlight's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Washington DC
Posts: 701
Rewards Points: 500
Default

Best time to fertilize and seed a lawn with clay soil?


Aerating in the spring is fine. What in fact you are doing is removing plugs of soil so that it can expand and be less dense. Helps root development which is particularly important in clay soil.

At this time of year you can also do some soil improvement, either by spreading some hummus over your lawn in a thin layer, or even topsoil. They also sell specialized amendments for clay soil as well. What any of these will do is start to establish a layer of better balanced soil on top of the clay. Do a little bit every year, in a thin layer and it will sift down to the grass roots. You don't want to cover the grass, just amend it.

I you really need to reseed, do that now because you're going to want to hold off on the fertilizer for six weeks or so.
Ironlight is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2012, 12:11 AM   #5
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: zentral Iowa
Posts: 1,269
Rewards Points: 624
Default

Best time to fertilize and seed a lawn with clay soil?


A German guy told me once what humus is.

"Humus ist das, was das Burm humus."

Humus is that, what the "Burm" (Boden) haben muss.

Maybe you had to be there.
cleveman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2012, 01:43 PM   #6
It's always something
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Northwest Georgia, USA
Posts: 186
Rewards Points: 150
Default

Best time to fertilize and seed a lawn with clay soil?


I live in NW GA and have clay content as well. When I bought my house three years ago the yard was 90% weeds. Once a year I've applied lime, core-aerated, applied soil activator, over-seeded, and followed a 5-step program from a local nursery, kept up on weekly watering. The lawn is now 95% grass and it looks awesome. I'd recommend getting your soil analyzed so you know how to fertilize.

Advertisement

SingleGuy is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
aeration , clay soil , grass seed , lawn seed


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Help me win contest against Husband kimberland30 Landscaping & Lawn Care 12 05-23-2008 09:18 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts