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Old 04-07-2012, 08:11 PM   #1
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Has anyone ever let there grass go to seed?


Great title says it, I'm curious how long it takes of no mowing and if it helps with filling in and keeping a healthy lawn.

Line of thought is that if the weeds are goo g to go to seed I might as well let the grass go to seed too, especially of they can do it in a month or so.

I have fescue in Maryland for those wondering.
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Line of thought is that if the weeds are going to go to seed I might as well let the grass go to seed too...
Try the reverse... water if rain isn't enough and then mow aggressively.
The idea is that weeds do better in longer grass and grass does better when short.

If you're the guy with the helpful neighbor... you should be hydroseeding.
That may mean doing all that tilling again (and amending the soil too).
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If you're the guy with the helpful neighbor... you should be hydroseeding.
That may mean doing all that tilling again (and amending the soil too).
I have neighbors who let japanese stilt grass go to seed and that's what I am fighting. Currently I'm pulling every stalk I can out and putting new fescue seed down and soil on top for the spring growing.
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Old 04-08-2012, 10:19 AM   #4
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Try the reverse... water if rain isn't enough and then mow aggressively.
The idea is that weeds do better in longer grass and grass does better when short.

If you're the guy with the helpful neighbor... you should be hydroseeding.
That may mean doing all that tilling again (and amending the soil too).
Unless you have a spreading type turf like bermuda, which needs to be cut short, mowing healthy turf of rye, blue grass, fescue, etc. TALLER than spreading broadleaf or even crawling weeds like crabgrass is the way to go. Mowing too short stresses most turfgrasses and gives weeds too much of a chance.

Letting turfgrasses go to seed serves no real purpose. In letting the grasses grow so tall you invite all kinds of fungus and insect problems you really do not want. Most places I have lived will warn you once to get on with mowing, then come out and mow for you at exorbitant cost, and finally fine you at the same time if you pull this sort of thing on a regular basis.

Hydroseeding is great but rather a waste on non-prepped soil. If you want to try overseeding, do it with regular seed and top dress. You won't get far without some seed bed prep. You cannot just toss it on.

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