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Old 10-25-2010, 09:38 AM   #1
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First I overwatered my lawn. Started yellowing and getting soggy roots. Decided to over seed (birds love it, unfortunately). Thought I'd fertilize in mid-October with 23-3-23. Overdid it, now it's burning. Should I just leave this mess until the spring or should I throw some topsoil and seed down now and hope for the best over the winter.

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What was the turf you over watered?

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New sod that was laid at the end of June.
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Okay...let's try this again. What turf type is the over watered sod that was laid in June? Also what state are in and what is the current weather temps?
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Don't know the type -live in Vancouver, BC, Canada - temp about 10 degrees celcius.
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Hello, Stanl. Ken here with The Home Depot in the Chicago area.
Iím coming in late to your question but it really wasnít answered.
Itís too late to do anything at this point so, here goes for spring.

Go to your local garden center and get a Sun and Shade grass seed mix.
That way something will germinate no matter what the exposure. Overseed
the lawn.Then, to keep the birds off and keep it moist, put a thin layer of soilover the seed (no more than ľ inch). If the layer is too thick, the grass
wonít have enough energy to reach the light. Keep it evenly moist to insure good germination.

When the grass comes up, do not mow it for at least three weeks to allow
the roots to get established. Then, after the first mowing, fertilize lightly
with a starter fertilizer. After that go back to your normal schedule of
fertilizing every six to eight weeks. I hope that answers your question and
good luck in the Spring. Keep me posted on how it goes.
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Originally Posted by hortman
Hello, Stanl. Ken here with The Home Depot in the Chicago area.
I’m coming in late to your question but it really wasn’t answered.
It’s too late to do anything at this point so, here goes for spring.

Go to your local garden center and get a Sun and Shade grass seed mix.
That way something will germinate no matter what the exposure. Overseed
the lawn.Then, to keep the birds off and keep it moist, put a thin layer of soilover the seed (no more than ľ inch). If the layer is too thick, the grass
won’t have enough energy to reach the light. Keep it evenly moist to insure good germination.

When the grass comes up, do not mow it for at least three weeks to allow
the roots to get established. Then, after the first mowing, fertilize lightly
with a starter fertilizer. After that go back to your normal schedule of
fertilizing every six to eight weeks. I hope that answers your question and
good luck in the Spring. Keep me posted on how it goes.

Thanks. In the meantime, I fertilized (over did it) and burned the grass, plus birds ate all the seeds I put down. Will the burned grass recover in the spring with the treatment you describe?
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Hey, Stanl. Ken here with The Home Depot in the Chicago area again.
Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I only do this part-time on
Monday and Tuesday. The rest of my week is in the store.
As to your burned grass question, No, it will not recover. It will stay
that way. If it was burned to the point of dying, it will become part of
the soil. Just reseed over it. If it is still alive, some new shoots should
come up around the discolored grass. And when you overseed you
should have a nice green lawn. Good luck. - Ken
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Originally Posted by hortman
Hey, Stanl. Ken here with The Home Depot in the Chicago area again.
Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I only do this part-time on
Monday and Tuesday. The rest of my week is in the store.
As to your burned grass question, No, it will not recover. It will stay
that way. If it was burned to the point of dying, it will become part of
the soil. Just reseed over it. If it is still alive, some new shoots should
come up around the discolored grass. And when you overseed you
should have a nice green lawn. Good luck. - Ken
Thanks. I'll try my luck in the spring. I appreciate you taking the time to respond.

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