Grass is thin and yard has moderate weeds. fescue/rye/bluegrass yard in
Should I put grass seed down now or should I put crabgrass preventer down
and try to encourage growth of the grass I have now?
Grass is thin and yard has moderate weeds. fescue/rye/bluegrass yard
Missouri. Should I put grass seed down now or should I put crabgrass
and try to encourage growth of the grass I have now? "
You should have applied weed killer in late summer to get rid of the
weeds when they were actively growing. Then you could have overseeded
in early Fall, the optimum time. The next best time is early Spring,
though Fall is far more preferable. Putting down grass seed in
January is worthless, as seed will not germinate until soil temps are
in the 50's.
I'd get the soil tested now and apply lime as needed to adjust the PH.
Did this myself & worked great. Unbelievably great..
Moved to a house that the previous non's did nothing in the yard except rake
the pine tags into two piles in the middle of the front and back yards. Used
pine tags elsewhere and obviously there were two deader than dead spots. Dug
up 4 or 5 spots in inconspicuous places in March and replanted my "plugs" in
the bare spots after liming about a month before. (used pulverized lime and
worked it in with a garden rake and kept wet). After applying pre-m without
n-p-k, I then went with 13-13-13 and when cutting grass, I bagged it and
kept a 3" layer of clippings in the bare spots between my plugs and the
spots from where they came from.
By late June you could not see where the pine tags had been and the grass
was all the same color. I got to stay on my fertilizing schedule and
re-seeded in the fall.
I normally use pelletized lime though, twice a year, here in central Va.s
Check that. I'll bet you applied "Pelletized limeSTONE". It's
commonly available at big box stores. It's made from ground up
seashells and is very slow to dissolve. You really want hydrated lime
from a place that sells tile supplies. It's messy but it really is a
Hydrated lime will not extract the water out of anything (fry??).
Anhydrous lime will, however. That's what the murderers used to get rid
of their bodies. And it was commonly used in outhouses. Many years ago
we were making 200 proof alcohol in a high school chem lab (!) and did
the final distillation out of a lot of Calcium Oxide. It worked but a
few minutes exposed to air dropped the proof down to about 180.
Steveo is right. Hydrated lime is caustic and can easily burn a lawn.
Sure other limes are worse, but that doesn't make hydrated lime OK.
Why do you think they sell it at the tile store instead of the garden
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