Originally Posted by CTD_Crazed
well, after almost 3 weeks since planting....i have absolutely 0 blades of grass growing. glad i only did one spot. not sure what caused the failure, too cold of temperatures? not enough watering? to much watering? too compacted of ground? soil make-up is bad? me just being an idiot on growing grass?
kinda frustrating really, i alway thought growing grass was an easy "idiot proof" thing to doo. only thing showing green back there is a vrey few weeds.
No, growing grass isn't easy, but there are a few thing's you can do to make it easier.
1 - Plant the right grass. Midwest mix has only 45% ryegrass, you need straight ryegrass. http://answers.scotts.com/answers/48.../questions.htm
2 - Plant the seed at the right rate. For you that's 8 Lbs. of ryegrass seed per 1000 sq. ft. That 20 Lb. bag wasn't enough.
3 - Plant the seed properly. Ryegrass seed need's to be covered with soil lightly, barring that, cover the seed with straw.
4 - You must water the seed daily to keep the soil moist. You can't get around that.
5 - Your not going to get any germination as cold as your soil's are.
You want to see soil temperature's of 55-60* for ryegrass.
6 - Don't expect good result's from spring seeding, for you Aug 15th is prime seeding time for grass.
7 - Improve the shade problem, it will make a big difference.