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New jack with a horrible lawn!

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by ricsin1, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. ricsin1

    ricsin1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 81

    hello. I am new home owner. I purchased a foreclosure property last year ( sept/oct ) - when i got it the "grass" was about 3-4 feet high!! chopped it all down and said I'll worry about it next spring ( now ) .... the yard looked like i was growing SALAD! there was every kind of greenery shooting up EXCEPT grass....

    my plans were to 1) kill the weeds, 2) overseed the existing lawn with a high quality fescue seed , 3) apply starter fertilizer, 4) water , 5 ) pray that something happens....

    to kill the weeds i used Ortho Weed BGone w/ crabGrass killer - little did I know it said I have to wait 4weeks to seed after using it !!! I used it March 21 so now im stuck having to wait until April 24th to do anything.....

    most of the weeds are gone now and some fescue & bermudagrass came up.... in patches though - nothing to brag about! i have 10% grass and 90% dead weeds...

    If I aerate the soil ........ do you think ITS TOO LATE IN THE SEASON to sow FESCUE SEEDS on April 24 ....or should i just live w/ a crappy lawn til the fall and start then...
  2. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,334

    Get a soil test and report back.
  3. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    GA clay and GA heat and GA drought. Fescues grow good up here planted almost anytime of the year along with KBG and Per. Rye. I would probably till in a bunch of ammendments during the season to have a decent soil that holds nutrients and allows drainage. So I would have something to work with when planting time came.
    My first soil test would be a perc test. :)

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