First time with lawn owner...dead grass everywhere
How do I go about fixing this and getting green grass again?
Jun 6th, 2018 2:23 pm
Jun 6th, 2018 2:43 pm
Jun 7th, 2018 8:09 am
Thanks, I'm guessing I go in this exact order? lol havn't done lawn care before just learning the terms now ...
Jun 7th, 2018 8:17 am
Jun 7th, 2018 8:27 am
Jun 7th, 2018 9:35 am
No, not in that order. Power raking and aeration first. Then the other 4. The slit seeding can replace the overseeding, if you want to. It actually puts the seed in the ground, as opposed to just laying on top.
Jun 7th, 2018 9:58 am
It's not a big lawn, 200sf at the most. I'd need special tools to aerate and slit right? Wonder if I can get away with stabbing holes into the ground with a spade or something lol
Jun 7th, 2018 10:01 am
BTW how can I tell the type of grass I have? Do I need to match it with the seeds I buy?
Jun 7th, 2018 10:05 am
You could try a good soaking watering, and then a pitchfork. Stab it in, wiggle, move on.
Jun 7th, 2018 10:13 am
Everyone's asking you to do so much physical work, while they are all correct. What I am proposing is actually very little work and possibly the best results and costs you the least amount of money.
Jun 7th, 2018 10:15 am
Jun 7th, 2018 10:21 am
Doesn't really matter IMO. I prefer using Scott's grass seed. I don't use the coated seeds, I find that it's a waste of money. As previously mentioned, as long as you mix into some good dirt than it should grow with proper watering. I suggest you use triple mix at this point because it contains soil, peat moss and manure (natural fertilizer).
Jun 13th, 2018 11:58 pm
Hey I like what you're saying. I found a lot of people are trying to sell me on all sorts of additional stuff but I'm confident I can have decent success with just the basics. I didn't want to spend too much on this project and an not expecting a gorgeous lawn, just a nice soft turf my kids can play on.
Jun 14th, 2018 10:41 am
Cheap black earth?polish_jr333 wrote: ↑Jun 13th, 2018 11:58 pmHey I like what you're saying. I found a lot of people are trying to sell me on all sorts of additional stuff but I'm confident I can have decent success with just the basics. I didn't want to spend too much on this project and an not expecting a gorgeous lawn, just a nice soft turf my kids can play on.
My backyard looked a bit worse than op's; I ended up tilling the whole plot with a shovel and removing whatever I found, be it dead grass, living grass, weeds, rocks, stones, roots, tree stumps... I was actually blown away with how much crap was back there.
I just finished flipping/tilling the old soil yesterday and my next steps are to level it with a rake, add a lawyer of fresh black earth, and seed.
I bought 60 bags of the cheap black earth from Home Depot that occasionally drops to 88 cents a bag, and 2 bags of Scott's overseed mix which has seed and feed in one. I'd love some advice as I still have a few questions.
Do I seed and then spread the new black earth or do I spread the earth and toss the seed on top?
Should I buy or do anything else to best ensure success? I'm willing to spend a bit more to achieve a decent lawn.i already got a sprinkler and am ready to water often.
I want to mix in a bag of white clover in hopes or encouraging overall lawn health and lower maintenance. Is this a good idea?
Should I plant the grass first to give it a few weeks to grow and then spread the clover?
Jun 14th, 2018 10:53 am
Oh I don't know about that, I did a bit of research and read through the RDF threads on the product. Most people's reviews of the stuff were "you get what you paid for" but generally positive and happy with the results.