Originally Posted by itguy08
Thanks. With the daily rains we're having lately it seems to be coming back slowly. I may throw down the fertilizer+ weed killer the previous owner left just to help it along - it was free and it is summer stuff so it can't hurt.
Sure it can if you cannot count on enough water. You could end up burning your turf further. I guess if it is a timed release blend you could try putting it on half the recommended rate over a couple of months rather than all at one.
How much nitrogen is in the stuff? The first number in the three number NPK ratio string printed on the sack will tell you the percentage in the sack. You do not want to apply a high nitrogen fertilizer without adequate water in drought conditions. In turfgrass management, the usual desired application rate is 1 pound of nitrogen per 1,000sf per month.
Given your situation, I would wait until fall. Patience may serve you best here.
Fall is a great time to plant turfgrass if you do not expect extreme low temperatures for awhile. It is cooler outside so it is easier to keep the seed moist while it is germinating and the young plants do not have to commit energy to surviving heat. And the plants will establish nicely before it starts snowing where you are I should think. You can rinse off light frost before it causes damage. Here we don't have any real risk of significant soil freezing until after the first of the year so turf roots have all that time to establish.