This is not an easy task. It is doubtful that the people at the nursery will
be able to identify your grass as normally it is a blend of different
grasses and not many know enough about the subject to make an intelligent
statement. Best to buy a seed from a reputable garden centre in your area
and then just overseed the entire lawn. The stronger grasses will eventually
The advice is to see what they plant in the schoolyards and public
parks. If the grass used is hardy and looks OK that's the grass best
suited for your area.
I live next to a schoolfield cum public park. I don't know what grass
they seeded the field with but their grass took over my "fancy" sodded
lawn over the years (10 or so.) Unhappy? On the contrary I love it
because its low maintenance. It blends right into the neighboring
Its not as dense as the sodded lawn and therefore easier to mow.
I don't add fertilizer unless they are on season-end clearance
I don't water it. Should there be a dry spell it will get somewhat
shrivelled looking and brown. But it comes right back after the first
rainshower, grows green and shoots up by 3 inches almost instantly.
At an earlier time I had the usual problems with dandelions,
stinkweed, thistle and so on. I finally did three whole lawn
treatments with a broad leaf herbicide bought froma farm supply house.
The herbicide I applied by mowing the lawn just before forecasted rain
to injure the weeds then apply the herbicide after the shower when
there is plenty of moisture for the roots to absorb it. Works great.
The grass is quite successful in choking out most of the new weeds and
what few weeds I have can be kept under control by spot applications
Your State Dept of Agriculture may be a good place to get more info
I live in a condo and I'm lucky because I don't have much lawn. But
some of my neighbors do and they've been "reminded" to water their
One of my neighbors spends time on his lawn and swears by the
Gardens Alive products (weed control, fertilizer, and seed). I'm
skeptical after looking at the catalog, but I will say that his
lawn looks good.
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