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Old 03-09-2019, 03:55 PM   #1
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Feedback on Lawn Care Approach for Spring 2019


Hi there,
I'm getting excited for Spring because I'm looking forward to improving my backyard. I wanted to share my approach for upcoming lawn care with this group to see whether my ideas are appropriate and/or other suggestions.

Some background: I just established my lawn last year. Before then it was covered with gravel. I am using an eco-turf low maintenance fescue mix.

Objectives: Thicken the grass so that it's very dense and make the grass a beautiful green color.

Step 1: Remove all debris from the winter like sticks and dead leaves, etc.
Step 2: Begin by aerating. I was thinking about a manual aerator because my yard isn't very big. Something like this.
Step 3: Fertilize with 36 lb. Slow-Release Nitrogen Fertilizer - Miloganite
Step 4: Overseed with the eco-turf fescue mix. Hopefully when seeding, the seeds will slip into the areas where it was aerated for solid contact with soil.
Step 5: Water and wait.
Step 6: Mission complete.

Would really appreciate your feedback on this approach for the upcoming Spring 2019 season.

Thanks!
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Old 03-09-2019, 04:20 PM   #2
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Good until the end.. more like..

Step 5: Water
Step 6: Pull weeds
Step 7: Repeat steps 5 and 6 for 1-2 months

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Old 03-09-2019, 07:04 PM   #3
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You have a few problems.
A lot depends on the area of the country you are in. And you did not say.
Is fescue a native grass to your area or not.
And I would not trust any seed that does not show you the seed label. Best is certified seed. Try to stay away from mixes. They usually have a higher amount of junk/weed seed.

Next is you want to add just a nitrogen fert. That will hurt germination and stop it if to high. Good for existing grass bad for germination.
Will be easier and better results if you skip playing around with some miracle seed or organic or natural fert. Get a good lawn first then you can experiment with that.
But nitrogen is the same chemical if it is mined, from animal dropping or whatever.

If nothing else call your local city/county extension office for a seed recommendation. That is what they are there for.

When you seed you want a high center number for germination. Common is something like a 15-30-15. And apply 4 or 5 pounds per 1000 sqft of ground.

Also it has always been this way. Seed companies sell more fescue seed in the spring than fall. They dont mind at all having two selling seasons. Even when fall is the best time to seed. By nature fescue plant puts most energy to root growth in the fall. In the spring it goes to top growth.

And no weed control unless 3 weeks before seeding or after mowed twice. Except original roundup. This was the whole reason it was invented in the first place. So you could kill weeds and grass and reseed a couple days later.

Also good contact with loose soil is best. So tilling or core aeration. That thing could work but a lot of work. Want to go down as much as possible at least 2". And have holes about 3" apart.
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I have always heard to aerate in the fall. core aerate is the best but it looks like goose ****. I would do a crabgrass preventer but that would stop germination if you do a overseeding/spot seeding.

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Old 03-09-2019, 09:18 PM   #5
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I am located in Michigan, btw.
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The aerator you linked to will work, I have one like it. It is quite a bit of work to use it, though.
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Also should have added. If you have a very bad lawn. Still seed in spring. Just dont expect to keep morethan 50% that comes up. And then plan on a fall seeding.
usually takes a few years to get a real nice lawn anyway.
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Quote:
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I am located in Michigan, btw.
Where in Michigan?

It's a big place; there's a huge difference between the shores of Lake Superior and the little pond near Detroit . . .

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Post#3 has good advice. I have used 0-10-10 mixed into soil...before seeding. How much sun does your yard get ?
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I live in SE Michigan. I'm a hack homeowner doing lawn-care. Until recently I never used pre-emergent weed preventer. I started a little while ago and it seems to make a HUGE difference, really reducing the amount of weeds all summer.

This is, obviously, AFTER the lawn has established.

I'm no expert but here's my 2 little cents. It's a relatively small investment in time and money that pays off.

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Old 03-26-2019, 03:09 AM   #11
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Looks like a good plan.
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