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what the next move on lawns that you did not get a chance to seed because it to late,or leaf drop,frost,soil temp,lack of h2o ect...

these foaks are hopping to get a lawn started but because they called late what should we do?


what do you think about core aerate the heck out of the lawn now,wait till the ground is frozen then broadcast seed over the lawn area?
i never done this but they say it works along as the turf is kept debri free.
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The normal temperatures for Chicago is about 68 for this time of the year and I would think your area should be about the same. Next week is supposed to be warm again and I have seeded this late in the season and it came up, but it is right at the dead line for this. It all depends on ground temperatures and moisture at this time of year, so it is a gamble. A few years ago, I planted one the last of October and we had two weeks in the 70's and it came up nice, looked great in the spring, but that was a big gamble in my opinion.
 

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A Chemlawn manager told me that you can aerate late in the season (dorment lawn) and spread seed that will lay dorment until the spring time. I've never done this. Give it a try.
 

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If you take on this type of job it should be made clear and in writing that they agree and understand that the seed may not take until the spring. If so, the chances of the grass not being mature enough to survive summer are greater and they accept the risk.

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Originally posted by bob
A Chemlawn manager told me that you can aerate late in the season (dorment lawn) and spread seed that will lay dorment until the spring time. I've never done this. Give it a try.
The chances are too big that in the 3 months the seed lays there it is bound to get washed away.
 

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I would wait. Why take the risk just because you need the money? In the long run it will be costing you... Why not offer a alternative of Annual rye grass? Thats what Iam in the process of doing here in Southern California- Dethatching, aeration, and annual rye for the bermuda grasses that are in the process of going dormant. Or what about Blue Grass (Poa Annua)??? that does well in winter over here, but then again iam not used to your climate zone.... but its a little info....

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