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Old 04-18-2011, 06:11 PM
jbc1013 jbc1013 is offline
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I don't consider myself an expert, but have renovated a bunch of times with fescue/bluegrass turf. I have had the best luck with aerating and seeding. I leave the plugs where they lie. Go heavy in the bare areas. I would add a straw mulch covering for the seeds to help retain moisture. You are correct that spring is not the best time. It will need to be watched closely and watered. I also wonder if you have a lot of grub damage. That typically produces dead brown grass that pulls up easily at the soil level (the grubs basically shear it off at the roots). They are easy to spot by elevating up some spots looking for the grubs. I certainly would add some fertilizer, and probably some lime. A soil test is best, but I admit to not doing it often as I should.
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