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Durt Ferguson 09-29-2010 07:41 AM

Too late for reseeding? Help!!!
So we bought our house in June. The previous owner had 3 dogs, who all liked to pee in one corner of the yard. That corner now has no grass, and the ground is very firm. The rest of the lawn has a fair amount of crabgrass, but is not bare.

I am having back surgery on Monday, I will not be able to do much yard work for the rest of the year (I can mow again in 4 weeks). So it's do it now, call a friend to come help me in a couple weeks, or wait until next year. Temperatures right now are low 70's for another week max, then we'll be getting into colder temperatures, we get tons of rain here (more rainy days than not), and the frost will begin forming in a month or so.

What should I do, and when should I do it? Should I go buy some seed, and lay it down in just the bare area this weekend, or seed the whole lawn evenly? Should I attempt to break up the firm bare area first? Or should I wait until next spring? I will be getting TruGreen service for next year to get the weeds and such under control and to fertilize.

Durt Ferguson 09-29-2010 09:27 AM

Anyone? Time is a major factor (just scheduled the surgery yesterday)!

kredman 09-29-2010 11:23 AM

I plan on reseeding this weekend. My local garden center said to make sure it's within then next 2 weeks, otherwise wait.

Mr Chips 09-29-2010 02:23 PM

you can put seed down ANYTIME, it will germinate when conditions are right, as long as the birds don't eat it all first. Now is a great time to seed, it's a little late, bud depending on local conditions and type of seed, you may have wiskers by halloween. Keep it wet, water breifly eveyday it doesn't rain for next 3-4 weeks

kredman 09-30-2010 09:35 AM

This is a great resource for Indiana residents:


New turf tips will be added regularly during the growing season. If you need help that is not covered in our current Turf Tips, search our past Turf Tips in the box above right. The following recommendations are for the state of Indiana and may not apply to turf areas outside of Indiana.

Should I seed right now?
  • It is not too late to seed, but it is past the optimum window due to the fact that we will start experiencing cooler weather soon which will slow down the growth of turf and thus take longer for seeded areas to establish and fill-in.
  • Thin areas with 4 inch or smaller gaps in turf can be overcome with aggressive fall fertilization. Lawns with larger gaps in turf should be reseeded.
  • Droughty, unirrigated areas can be reseeded now and they will establish once consistent rains return. Alternatively, droughty areas can be reseeded now and irrigated at least twice daily by homeowners.
  • Consider using a starter fertilizer in reseeded areas to help with establishment.
  • If a herbicide has been applied to these areas within the past month it could hinder seedling establishment. Additionally, most herbicides require that newly seeded turf be mown 1-2 times prior to a herbicide application. Please read the specific herbicide label for the product you are considering using to learn more about seeding restrictions.
  • Will new seedling be more likely to winterkill? Maybe. Tall fescue seeded late (past mid-October) will not be very developed and will be more likely to winterkill, especially in Northern Indiana. Kentucky bluegrass seedlings typically will not suffer any winter injury.

moopey 09-30-2010 11:57 AM

i'd like to do this also. im in massachusetts. is it too late for me?

Durt Ferguson 09-30-2010 12:13 PM


Originally Posted by moopey (Post 509324)
i'd like to do this also. im in massachusetts. is it too late for me?

Nope, it's never too late for a lil back surgery.

Allison1888 10-01-2010 08:20 PM

It's not too late, but just realize you will have to water it twice a day for the first few weeks, assuming no rain. Not sure if you'll be able to do that or can find a neighborhood kid to help. Also, add peat moss on top to keep in moisture and keep away those pesky birds.

1910NE 10-01-2010 09:50 PM

i planted some new seed in some good loam two weeks ago (Southern Maine) and already have some new grass showing. Watered it a bunch, and the recent rain helped too!

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