MId august is likely the worst month to try to get seed to germ in my neck of the woods. spring or fall here, irrigation or not.I do not understand the logic. Seed germination is faster when the soil temperature is higher--mid August is the peak soil temperature.
Ideal for seeding if you have irrigation.
If you do not have good irrigation or hose sprinkling (or rain), yes, there is an element of luck involved.
Do you mean that you think the seed will take hold better(on average) in September when the temps are a few degrees cooler?
Do you have any concerns about weeds?
I am trying to reseed some dollarspot damage in my front yard this week.
I am also growing some seed in a coffee cup, (outdoors most days, inside as needed)--as a test to see if the seed is good. No result at 72 hours. Scotts "Sun and Shade". Watering with a glass of water, about a half ounce at a time. Topsoil from my wife's garden.
I was always taught to aerate when the lawn is thriving. So for me, I aerate cool season grasses in the spring and/or fall and warm season in mid summer. I’ve always over-seeded when aerating(easy sell) and haven’t experienced any negative results.I’ve been waiting since May when I bought my new stinger Quad Air to start doing all the Aeration jobs I presold during winter. In the upper/mid Midwest, when do you guys start doing Aeration?