I will admit to reading not all of the replies.
You CAN NOT use crab grass control and seed within 6 months.
Your best option at this point in time is to control crab grass and kill
Seed in the early fall and next year with a little luck you will have a nice
Negligence? How coyuld crab grass take over the yard? If I were you I'd
rip out the whole yard and start from scratch. Till, use good top soil
seed or sod with some slow acting feretilizer. Water well and baby it
until grass took over. Overseeding will not give healthy lawn. You need
lots of manual laobor to do it right.
A good scolding :o) It isn't difficult to realize how crabgrass takes
over a whole lawn - the nasty stuff can have very tough runners 20' long
or longer. Ripping out a whole lawn isn't the best advice, without
knowing whether there is decent topsoil, a sprinkler, etc. The OP
didn't offer enough info to really get a good formula for dealing with
the "crabgrass". If he wants a low maintenance lawn, then overseeding
and treating weeds gradually may be just the ticket. Photos would help.
Also to deal with before spending a lot of money on solutions is to
consider, first, whether the lot is properly graded and drained - can be
big problems and horribly wasteful to deal with after putting in a lawn.
Correct and I think the critical part many missed, is he's not looking for
'fantasmagorically' perfect, just an average lawn. Assuming he has topsoil,
I'd over seed with a weed-n-feed crabgrass killer for now. Bound to look
better than what he has this year and he can do the proper stuff in fall to
make it more perfect.
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