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Old 10-19-2012, 10:45 PM   #1
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My back yard was just aerated and over seeded about a week ago and they said it would take around 7-10 days for the grass to grow. I live in PA and I have made sure to water it just about everyday to keep the areas moist. They used a mixture of rye and tall fescue but so far no grass. Does this generally take awhile longer and I just need to be patient? Also the other parts that were not seeded need to be cut, the company told me that I could cut the entire lawn even the areas that were seeded just as long as I did not use a bagger. I could cut it as long as I discharged the clipping back onto the yard. Does that sound right to you?
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Old 10-20-2012, 06:27 AM   #2
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Be patient, it takesa couple weeks to germinate, as to the cutting ,don't know that one.

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Old 10-20-2012, 08:01 AM   #3
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Hopefully they did not use a blend with cheap ANNUAL rye even though it will germinate fastest of any turfgrasses. It is coarse and you will only get one season out of it.

Under NORMAL growing conditions (warm air and soil) PERENNIAL rye will take 7-10 days to germinate and bluegrasses and fescues 14-21. With fall temperatures it could take longer so be patient. You may have put the fescue down a little late for PA but just watch out for hard frosts once it all germinates. Snow will not really hurt it. Worst case is you may have to seed again in the Spring.

As for mowing, you should not let the rest of the yard get out of control or plugged up with leaves. Mow tall and do make sure your blade is sharp and balanced so you do not rip little seedlings and new grass shoots out of the ground. You risk sucking the seed up if you bag the clippings.
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Old 10-21-2012, 08:31 AM   #4
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My back yard was just aerated and over seeded about a week ago and they said it would take around 7-10 days for the grass to grow. I live in PA and I have made sure to water it just about everyday to keep the areas moist. They used a mixture of rye and tall fescue but so far no grass. Does this generally take awhile longer and I just need to be patient? Also the other parts that were not seeded need to be cut, the company told me that I could cut the entire lawn even the areas that were seeded just as long as I did not use a bagger. I could cut it as long as I discharged the clipping back onto the yard. Does that sound right to you?
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First of all, even if it were spring or summer, your grass would likely not be germinated yet. But it's fall, the temps are cooler, and the days are shorter. In other words, keep it moist and wait another week.

What's going to happen is that, all of the sudden, one day your going to see grass. You'll be surprised because it will seem to appear out of nowhere.

Regarding mowing... I wouldn't mow. It's late season. Let the new grass take hold a little better, then mow in the spring.

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