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Old 03-02-2011, 09:02 AM
 
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I have a somewhate shady yard in that back, that is currently grass-less. We cut down lots of trees in the fall, and now have the site prepped for grass. Since it still stays MOSTLY shady back there, we want to go with fescue grass. It seems that a lot of my fescue in other parts of the yard is starting to grow again in this weather.

So my questions is, when do I seed? I plan to rent a tiller to till up the dirt, mix in lime and starter, and seed the heck out of it. I want to get it in early so that it can get nicely established by the time the heavy heat hits. I know the fall time would be better for a new fescue lawn, but I am really wanting to enjoy my yard this summer, so I am going to seed now, and again in the fall.

Thanks for the help!!
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Old 03-02-2011, 09:06 AM
 
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I have a somewhate shady yard in that back, that is currently grass-less. We cut down lots of trees in the fall, and now have the site prepped for grass. Since it still stays MOSTLY shady back there, we want to go with fescue grass. It seems that a lot of my fescue in other parts of the yard is starting to grow again in this weather.

So my questions is, when do I seed? I plan to rent a tiller to till up the dirt, mix in lime and starter, and seed the heck out of it. I want to get it in early so that it can get nicely established by the time the heavy heat hits. I know the fall time would be better for a new fescue lawn, but I am really wanting to enjoy my yard this summer, so I am going to seed now, and again in the fall.

Thanks for the help!!
Fall is definitely best.
If you are going to seed now, regardless, do it right away.
It is quite possible that the roots will not grow deep enough to survive a brutal summer.
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Old 03-02-2011, 09:35 AM
 
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Certain fescue types (i.e. creeping variants) have better shade tolerance than others. You typically then battle fungal diseases but no easy answer with grass in this climate.

Frank
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Old 03-02-2011, 09:38 AM
 
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It's not VERY shady, it'll get a handful of hours of sunlight, but the house and neighbor's trees will block direct sunlight for a lot of the day.

So, based on the current overnight temperatures I can plant it this weekend? What if we get another cold blast? Will it kill the seed?
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Old 03-02-2011, 10:23 AM
 
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Plant ... the soil will help keep the seed warm and a cold snap won't harm it.
I've had seed overwinter in the soil and germinate in the spring.

Frank
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Old 03-02-2011, 11:43 AM
 
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If you are going to rent a tiller and go out I would recommend you wait until fall and plant the seed then. Fall is the best time to plant fescue, if you plant seed now you will not be able to put down any crabgrass preventor unless you want to spend big bucks on the special kind that will not kill newly planted grass seed.
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Old 03-02-2011, 11:47 AM
 
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If you are going to rent a tiller and go out I would recommend you wait until fall and plant the seed then. Fall is the best time to plant fescue, if you plant seed now you will not be able to put down any crabgrass preventor unless you want to spend big bucks on the special kind that will not kill newly planted grass seed.
There is no place for crabgrass to grow. Right now my backyard is a dirt pit. Frankly, I would welcome the weeds as they are at least GREEN!!!!
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Old 03-02-2011, 12:10 PM
 
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Then till and plant now. Don't wait any longer. The grass probably not survive the whole summer as the roots won't have had enough time to develop. But you'll have grass for awhile in the spring. Then overseed in the fall (October).
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Old 03-02-2011, 12:15 PM
 
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Yep, that's the plan. I'm glad I asked though.

I think a bunch of it should survive. Since the yard doesn't bake in the sunlight I think it will stay cool enough to survive.
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Old 03-02-2011, 12:36 PM
 
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Then till and plant now. Don't wait any longer. The grass probably not survive the whole summer as the roots won't have had enough time to develop. But you'll have grass for awhile in the spring. Then overseed in the fall (October).
Why go to the effort of tilling for grass that will likely die anyways? I would save that effort for the grass that has the best chance of staying. Plus, if the area gets infested with crabgrass, overseeding will not be as successful with the crabgrass there choking out the seedlings. Tilling will help alleviate that problem. I would just throw some seed down now and save the major effort for the fall.
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