How to overseed in spring and control crab.

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by colby64473, Oct 19, 2010.

  1. colby64473

    colby64473 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 38

    Okay Guys (and Gals). I overseeded about 32000 ft of my front yard (I've got about 2 acres). We are now on our 20th day with no rain. After I seeded we had two days of rain. Grass came up, but 90 degree temps baked the ground. I managed to get 6 hoses together and keep most of it going. However, it is nowhere as good as it should be. I can see numerous areas of bare ground. My question is, should I just overseed now or wait until spring? If I wait until spring, how do I handle the crab problem? I usually just use a barricade + fert. Also, it does have some broadleaves apperaing, can I spray them say in late Nov after I've mowed it a couple of times? By the way, I used Roundup, tilled it with a tractor and used a drag to prepare the bed. After grass was up I used a starter fert.

    Thanks for your input.
  2. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,162

    The best advice I can give you is to reduce the area of your high maintenance lawn. Instead begin planning for a beautiful landscape design that incorporates native plants that provide a wide variety of beautiful attractive blooms and foliage. In the long run, you will save big bucks and increase the enjoyment and resale value of your property.
  3. LarryF

    LarryF LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,181

    Seems to me that Hissing Cobra answered this exact question, i.e., the best way to re-seed in the spring and avoid crabgrass, in post #4 of the following thread.

    But the biggest drawback, as he also explained later is that the necessary starter fertilizer with Siduron is quite expensive.
  4. integrityman

    integrityman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,713

    An excellent question. One that I have been thinking a lot about too. I have seeded and hope for some germination.

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