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Old 02-02-2012, 03:52 PM   #1
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My wife and I will be redoing landscaping around our home this Spring. It is our first full Spring in the home. One major project we need to work out is planting new grass seed in much of the back yard, torn up by our dog, and weed and other non-grass elements are taking over portion of the area. We used fertilzer last year in late Spring which seemed more to increase the non-grass elements of the area than the grass. It almost looked as if some of the grass died out from the fertilizer.

Any resoucrs or suggestions to properly fertilize and plant new seed?

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Read the many posts on prepping for turfgrass seed. Look into hydroseeding.

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And definitely get your soil tested. It is not expensive. You can get a kit to know where you stand Ph wise for $15 or so?
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Hey thanks for the advice. I can never use too many tests (well maybe) to figure out issue with having no information on previous lawn history.
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Hey thanks for the advice. I can never use too many tests (well maybe) to figure out issue with having no information on previous lawn history.
Seriously, a good core sample or two down 2-3 feet will tell you lots about what you should add and how the soil can convert the fertilizer into useable plant nutrients. The soil lab will be able to recommend soil ammendments and possibly NPK ratios best suited to your challenge. Well worth the money spent.

Another great resource or two? Swing by the grounds maintenance shed of your local park district or a golf course. The turf guys will be flattered to be asked questions.
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I'm sure they would be flattered. We have a golf course about a mile away from our home.

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