New Construction house which closed in December 05. Grass planted
(seeded and strawed) in June of 06. Cincinnati, Ohio
Fertilized once with scott's turfbuilder plus in August. Grass is
green and thick in most spots.
when should any of the following be done:
a) plant grass seed in bare spots and thin spots?
b) fertilize again?
c) use weedkiller (for crab grass and cloves)?
d) how low should grass get cut?
I have heard to fertilize right before it snows... which I planned on
doing. Any reason to fertilize now, then again in November? Can I
wait until November?
In addition any "pre-winter" outside home maintainance anyone suggests?
you can re-seed any areas that need it provided you'r enot too late in
the season. you're in OH so as long as you're not putting down sees
too close ( > 2 weeks before) before first frost you'll be ok.
i personally would not fertilize again this late in season, if you
already put some in august. especially if it contains any sort of
crabgrass prevention additives, as this will also inhibit the growth of
if crabgrass is a problem, put down some crabgrass preventative down
before spring (late winter). this will help control the germination of
the dormant crabgrass seeds.
grass length depends on the species. here in upstate NY i have
rye/fescue/bluegrass mix in my lawn which, from my experience, is best
cut 2.5-3" long. do some research on your lawn type and determine
make sure you mow one last time after you rake leaves up. you don't
want a pile of wet leaves on your lawn, that will cause all sorts of
another thing you'll want to consider is aerating your lawn with a
plug/core aerator at least 1 time per season, more if you have heavily
packed soil or if its got high clay content.
hope this helps. good luck. a beautiful healthy lawn takes alot of
work and continuous upkeep but it will make you very proud!
Wait at least 8 weeks from the previous feeding. You can use
No. This is not the time of year to apply crabgrass control nor weed
killers. Weed killer is especially harsh on young grass. Spot treat
weeds and apply a crab-grass pre-emergence next spring.
Do not remove more than 1/3 of the grass blade length. The height
depends on the kind (bluegrass, fescue, etc) of grass.
Be careful of overfertilization. You can apply it twice, but use
half the recommended amount both times. If you can use an organic
fertilizer (at full strength) all the better. Organic fertilizers
include Milorganite, palletized chicken manure, seaweed, fish
emulsion, etc. A yearly soil test is a very good idea.
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