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Old 08-16-2013, 07:08 PM   #16
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I used the locals, but something isn't right. The grass stopped growing.
It was probably the hot hot weather. It's hard to start a lawn in the Spring as one never knows what Summer will bring.

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It was probably the hot hot weather. It's hard to start a lawn in the Spring as one never knows what Summer will bring.
This is only 250 sq ft area. Should I use some Scotts patchmaster or EZ Seed now or in the fall?
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Do I leave this area as is until fall or should I still water it? It's very dry around Milwaukee.
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Old 08-16-2013, 07:56 PM   #19
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I tried the Scotts EZ seed last year. Didn't grow. I would keep watering the area so what you have doesn't die. You should be able to reseed in about 2-3 weeks.
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Please listen to me. I was trying to be kind but if you planted seed and June and watered it every now and then, and then got upset when it started dying in July?

You baked, fried, roasted, killed 2/3 of your seed mix if it had bluegrass or fescue in it just letting in lay on the top of your soil. Only the perennial rye took at all because it should have germinated in 7-10 days. It takes 28 days or so to germinate bluegrass and fescue, in ideal conditions. You must keep the seed evenly moist during this time. You cannot just sprinkle the seed, set it and forget it.

Your nursery probably provided you much fresher seed than a box store box of Scott's whatever will have.

I would feed now and overseed again in the fall with fresh nursery seed. Top dress and keep it moist. It could be hard to accomplish if our temps rocket up here. But if you cannot water in fertilizer diligently you are just going to stress or burn what you have adding high nitrogen lawn food.
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Always check seed blend packaging for content by the way. Unless buying bulk and certified seed the pacakage has to list weed seed content. And I can assure you all Quick Green formulas contain annual turfgrass seed. It will sprout quickly but you will only get one season out of it and such seeds are aggressive and will steal energy from the perennial turf varieties you want long term.

One other thing I would suggest to you? Have your lawn core aerated. About now you should be seeing all kinds of lawn service companies racing to put door hangers on your entry and offering to do it for chump change. It will be $40-50 well spent.
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Always check seed blend packaging for content by the way. Unless buying bulk and certified seed the pacakage has to list weed seed content. And I can assure you all Quick Green formulas contain annual turfgrass seed. It will sprout quickly but you will only get one season out of it and such seeds are aggressive and will steal energy from the perennial turf varieties you want long term.

One other thing I would suggest to you? Have your lawn core aerated. About now you should be seeing all kinds of lawn service companies racing to put door hangers on your entry and offering to do it for chump change. It will be $40-50 well spent.
I should aerate this 250 sq ft area now?
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Please listen to me. I was trying to be kind but if you planted seed and June and watered it every now and then, and then got upset when it started dying in July?

You baked, fried, roasted, killed 2/3 of your seed mix if it had bluegrass or fescue in it just letting in lay on the top of your soil. Only the perennial rye took at all because it should have germinated in 7-10 days. It takes 28 days or so to germinate bluegrass and fescue, in ideal conditions. You must keep the seed evenly moist during this time. You cannot just sprinkle the seed, set it and forget it.

Your nursery probably provided you much fresher seed than a box store box of Scott's whatever will have.

I would feed now and overseed again in the fall with fresh nursery seed. Top dress and keep it moist. It could be hard to accomplish if our temps rocket up here. But if you cannot water in fertilizer diligently you are just going to stress or burn what you have adding high nitrogen lawn food.
I had straw on top of the seed. Since its only a 250 sq ft area can't I just use Scott's EZ Seed?
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I had straw on top of the seed. Since its only a 250 sq ft area can't I just use Scott's EZ Seed?
Sure but do read the seed mix labeling. You still have to keep it moist. And if you buy the package at a box store, please look at the dating label and realize it probably sat on a truck in blistering heat or sub-zero temps while the box store brought in temps to unload the truck of its cheap Chinese fasteners, and sort of real brass plumbing fixtures.

Buy fresh, not gimmicked out seed like EZ Seed.

And you are trying to dodge commitment to keeping the seed moist during its germination period. Again, you must keep it moist for around 28 days. You cannot just water when you think about it every third Wednesday or you will fry/bake/roast turf seed again like you did this June.
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Sure but do read the seed mix labeling. You still have to keep it moist. And if you buy the package at a box store, please look at the dating label and realize it probably sat on a truck in blistering heat or sub-zero temps while the box store brought in temps to unload the truck of its cheap Chinese fasteners, and sort of real brass plumbing fixtures.

Buy fresh, not gimmicked out seed like EZ Seed.

And you are trying to dodge commitment to keeping the seed moist during its germination period. Again, you must keep it moist for around 28 days. You cannot just water when you think about it every third Wednesday or you will fry/bake/roast turf seed again like you did this June.
Actually the areas I placed ez seed down look better than this area.
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Actually the areas I placed ez seed down look better than this area.
But was the seed mix? I bet there is annual rye in it. You are still not hearing me. Annual rye will almost sprout instantly in your hand if it is wet. It will only grow for one season. It makes people happy. Quick and immediate green lawn fix.

Perrennial rye takes 7-10 days to sprout. Nice fescues and bluegrasses, also perrenials, take 28 days.

I really did make my living managing turfgrasses once. It pains me you do not want to listen to the help I am trying to offer you.

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But was the seed mix? I bet there is annual rye in it. You are still not hearing me. Annual rye will almost sprout instantly in your hand if it is wet. It will only grow for one season. It makes people happy. Quick and immediate green lawn fix.

Perrennial rye takes 7-10 days to sprout. Nice fescues and bluegrasses, also perrenials, take 28 days.

I really did make my living managing turfgrasses once. It pains me you do not want to listen to the help I am trying to offer you.
Here is the label.

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Sure but do read the seed mix labeling. You still have to keep it moist. And if you buy the package at a box store, please look at the dating label and realize it probably sat on a truck in blistering heat or sub-zero temps while the box store brought in temps to unload the truck of its cheap Chinese fasteners, and sort of real brass plumbing fixtures.

Buy fresh, not gimmicked out seed like EZ Seed.

And you are trying to dodge commitment to keeping the seed moist during its germination period. Again, you must keep it moist for around 28 days. You cannot just water when you think about it every third Wednesday or you will fry/bake/roast turf seed again like you did this June.
I'm trying to tell you that I watered it daily, sometimes twice a day, for a month straight.
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Found this which may be helpful. I your watered new seed only once per day when you planted in June. You killed most of it. You cannot just wet seed and let it dry out. Then wet it again.

http://www.garden-counselor-lawn-car...rmination.html
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I answered the same questions earlier for the question and photo on another forum using a different poster name. Do you have a neighbor that has the same problem and used your yard as an example?

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