If you take the time, I suggest organic fertilizer and never bagging the
clippings. It will take a few years, but after about seven years, I can see
In your case I might also suggest scattering a little top soil several
times a years to help it out.
Here is an excellent schedule:
You can substitute your own organic brands for Espoma's, although I like and
use Espoma's organic fertilizers. I would also recommend laying down rich
topsoil in the fall, core aerating, then overseeding. If your area
experiences substantial freeze/thaw cycles over the winter, it's also useful
to sneak in an additional overseeding right before a major snowstorm.
Yes, this is definitely something that I will do in this fall. The
only exception is that I will use finished compost instead of top
soil. I will be spreading out top soil onto the lawn before this fall
anyway. Therefore, I am kind of not wanting to add the same thing onto
my lawn again in fall.
Why is overseeding right before a snowstorm useful? Wouldn't that kill
the young seeds that have just germinated?
I've had similar problems with my lawn. We have mostly sand and rocks with
very little topsoil. For a few years I've been reseeding and using
fertilizer. This year I spread about an inch of peat moss in the worst
section and within a month I had *much* better grass there. Now I plan on
doing the whole lawn with the peat moss in the fall. I was amazed at the
Peat moss is okay, but compost or topsoil is much better. Order a
truckload of mushroom compost and spread it evenly over your lawn.
Peat moss (unlike compost) has very little nutrients and will tend to
acidify the soil.
Great! I have three LARGE bags of peat moss sitting in my garage that
I need to use somehow somewhere anyway. Just to be in the safe side, I
will mix it with finished compost before applying it to the bare spots
in my lawn.
Do you put the grass seeds _before_ spreading out peat moss?
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