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Old 08-29-2019, 01:10 PM   #16
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What do you mean? It says "tall fescue" on the bag?

Can I use this grass seed alone? Or do I need to mix it with other tall fescue grass seed?
Looks like you're dealing with a number of problems at once.

I'm in California now, but used to be in Ohio, and dealt with the grasses there, including bluegrass and the others.

That looks like tall fescue which is supposed to have rhizomes to avoid the problem of "no fill." Some researchers have found such claims dubious, though. https://aspenlawn.com/rhizomatous-fe...truth-or-myth/

Which, if the skeptics are right, means that the grass plants that grow will be tougher than bluegrass, but they won't spread or "self repair" holes from dog damage, etc, and will be at least somewhat prone to crabgrass patches. Fescue, while a lot tougher than bluegrass, still needs a good bit of water to get established, so I'd treat it almost like bluegrass in the early stages.

Forgetting to water is a huge PIA when you're starting new seed in your lawn. You miss a watering and the baby grass dies. If the places you're sowing are small and isolated, you might get away with an ad hoc timer with a sprinkler for the area you're trying to fix. That will avoid having to spend an arm and a leg on an automatic sprinkler system, which has a lot (sometimes a helluva lot) of maintenance issues of its own.

You'll also need to put down some pre emergent crabgrass killer as @SPS-1 recommends. I'd say, maybe March in DC? Before the weed seeds sprout?

Zoysia might be worth considering. It's much tougher than bluegrass and it spreads, but it also develops a wrinkled "shar pei" sort of look as it grows. It's super good on Long Guy Land and other places close to the ocean, as it's super salt tolerant. (It also grows out here, in the land o'la la.) And, it turns brown in the winter.

The big thing about zoysia is that it can take a long while to get started, and the sod can be expensive. If you're considering it, I'd really go far out of my way to find someone near you who has it, and who can give you the lowdown on what it's really like to live with. People who have it out here tell me it's great once it's established but that establishment can take years, particularly if you don't use sod.

Hope this helps, let us know what you do, maybe some pictures. It will be instructive for all of us.
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Old 08-29-2019, 01:21 PM   #17
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Zoysia: It would look bad if I have two very different grass, since I have tall fescue lawn already, I may just go with tall fescue for over seeding. Not even sure if Zoysia can blend in tall fescue.

I mean I forgot to water during summer time (for young grass), not forget to water during early stage.
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Zoysia: It would look bad if I have two very different grass, since I have tall fescue lawn already, I may just go with tall fescue for over seeding. Not even sure if Zoysia can blend in tall fescue.

I mean I forgot to water during summer time (for young grass), not forget to water during early stage.
Oh, yes, you're right. DON'T try to blend zoysia with tall fescue. Z is very fine-bladed; TF is much coarser, even the Marathon types.

TF ain't perfect but it's a nice alternative, especially where it can get really hot in the summer as DC certainly does. (And California too.)
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I did not suggest adding zoysia, I suggested replacing. Tall fescue does not play nicely with any other kind of grass; your lawn must be 100% tall fescue or 0%.
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