Can anyone tell me the best way to put down
grass seed? I live in NJ and I was wondering if I
can just put it down with a spreader? Also my lawn
is almost weed free, should I be using a weed control product
to stop the existing ones from getting bigger and spreading?
Are you seeding a new lawn? If not why do you want to put down seed?
Depending on the size of the area you are seeding, I suggest just using
your hands, or a broadcast spreader.
Your best defense against weeds is a good healthy lawn that is properly
cared for (including cutting height)
If you have only a few weeds I would not consider an overall weed
killer. Spot weed control would be ok and likely work better. I use a mix
of spot chemical control and hand pulling. About five minutes a week works
If you are seeding a large area you can use a fertilizer spreader, however
you will have to play with the settings and thin the seed down with some
very dry sand or it may spread the seed too thickly. I have done this and it
By the way, hand weeding a lawn is only for people with miniscule lots, if I
tried it, it would not take five minutes a week, more like five minutes
every hour of the week, and they would be sprouting before I could get back
This is Turtle.
If your going to do this. What % of dry sand to Seed would you suggest? I'm
thinking about lightly seeding my lawn before the winter in some spots. I
have Carpet grass and have a few thin places.
Depends. If you have a mostly weed-free lawn, that covers nicely, you should be
able to just drop a light spread and it will increase the variety and coverage
before fall sets in, with a good start on next year.
If you have specific bare spots you should thatch, seed, then rake, and make
sure it gets plenty of water until it grows in.
Weed free lawn? A seed with weed control probably won't hurt, and might help
keep it that way, but you're probably better off with spot sprays and weed
killer on the bad areas.
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Grass is completely out of habitat in most places, just like tropical plants
in Los Angeles which need to be artificially sustained. The only reason we
grow them is because the British brought the ridiculous tradition with them
400 years ago, and now we're stuck with the idea. As long as we're stuck
with them, try not to make matters worse by using weed killers. Keep the
lawn vigorous through proper cutting and watering. The competition will take
care of the weeds. If neighbors comment on the few weeds in your lawn, tell
him to go get some rope and hang themselves.
Buy the best quality seed possible. Use a broadcast spreader to
distribute the seed, using two passes. Feed with a STARTER fertilizer
so you don't burn the seedlings. If you are oversseeding, mow close
just before you lay down the seed and fertilizer. Use straw if there
is bare ground. Keep moist for 3-4 weeks and don't mow until the grass
is over 3" high. Do not use weed killer for 60 days before and after
applying seed. Spring is the best time to treat weeds, when they are
young and actively growing.
Like others, I try to avoid widespread use of chemicals unless absolutely
necessary. I agree that the best defence against weeds is healthy grass.
Some types of grass are more able to combat weeds than others, so every year
at freeze-up I add a little seed of vigorous grass broadcast over the lawn
to improve my lawn the following spring. The type of grass that will do best
varies with your area.
Some weeds are easily hand-picked but others especially dandelions are very
difficult to kill without chemicals. I use a hand squirt bottle to get
I have a problem with clover. Some of it is good for a lawn but I have some
patches where it has taken over. Some such patches I have actually dug up
and turned over and reseeded, others I spray with a weed-killer.
The best way to keep the lawn healthy is by good fertilizing, watering
and mowing practices. You must already be doing that. Keep in mind
that some weeds bear hundreds or thousands of seeds, so each one you
pull by hand is a big dose of "prevention". We rehabbed a large lawn in
our condo, got it down to almost no weeds. When I was outside, I'd
often just pull a few weeds and put them in the trash. Weed seed
persists for 2-3 years, at least, so you may still be fighting what has
been there a while. For the really stubborn ones, difficult to pull
out, I would get an old brush and paint them with RoundUP where there
were just a few.
In our southern lawn, St. Augustine Grass, there are two main types of
pest weeds - grassy and broadleaf - which take completely different
treatment. SA grass can be killed by some broadleaf weed killers, and
many grasses suffer temporary damage. You are way ahead if you have the
weed indentified at the extension service or garden expert and select a
product and method appropriate for the weed. Our lawn guy was amazed
that we got rid of dollar weed, which was almost entirely killed off by
one application of a broadleaf herbicide. After one application to the
entire lawn with a hose end sprayer, it took just spot treatment with a
spray bottle to finish it off. Occasional spot treatment when it shows
up again. The nastiest pest we had was, I believe, goose grass, or
something similar to crab grass. Need a pre-emergent grassy weed
herbicide and perfect timing to have a chance of eliminating it.
Impossible to pull it all up.
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