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Old 08-21-2018, 06:57 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Old 12-03-2018, 03:54 PM
 
Location: NJ
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so truegreen was supposed to do an aerate and seed this fall and they failed. it was a crazy back and forth scheduling and pushing things back and ultimately i got very little out of this fall season which sucks. so i am trying to plan for the spring. im thinking sometime in april maybe renting a slit seeder and going over the lawn myself. from when i google, i see that you need very dry conditions or you can destroy what is there. im willing to do it again in the fall if i can get some success in the spring. i dont think im willing to deal with a company for it anymore.
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Old 12-03-2018, 04:13 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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im thinking sometime in april maybe renting a slit seeder and going over the lawn myself.
im willing to do it again in the fall if i can get some success in the spring.
Expect to. In Mid August.
Spring planted seed won't mature enough to endure the hot summer.
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Old 12-04-2018, 11:20 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Expect to. In Mid August.
Spring planted seed won't mature enough to endure the hot summer.
i have read that. but everything i have right now was planted in the spring so its not a 0% success. some areas turned out better than others. id like to fill in the parts that are more sparse as soon as i can.
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Old 12-04-2018, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Madison, Alabama
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so truegreen was supposed to do an aerate and seed this fall and they failed. it was a crazy back and forth scheduling and pushing things back and ultimately i got very little out of this fall season which sucks. so i am trying to plan for the spring. im thinking sometime in april maybe renting a slit seeder and going over the lawn myself. from when i google, i see that you need very dry conditions or you can destroy what is there. im willing to do it again in the fall if i can get some success in the spring. i dont think im willing to deal with a company for it anymore.
I certainly agree with that. I use a local guy who does my fertilizing, weed control, etc. but I have never had a good experience with a national company. In fact, they sprayed and killed my fescue some years ago. I now have Zorro Zoysia, and I like it much better than fescue.

BTW ... when I had fescue, I'd sometime overseed without aerating, and it worked just as well. And it's cheap ... a little starter fertilizer, and seeds are cheap. And you don't have to wrestle with a big aerator. I don't really think aeration is needed every year unless it's a really high traffic area.
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Old Today, 12:54 PM
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Location: Massachusetts
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What i would do based on my local climate in Mass

Spring: Sod
Fall: Seed


I've had bad luck getting seed planted in the spring to survive the summer. 50/50 odds really, meanwhile everything I plant in the fall grows well and then grows even more impressively the following spring.
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Old Today, 03:16 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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I've had bad luck getting seed planted in the spring to survive the summer.
50/50 odds really
Far less than 1 year in 2 as it comes down to the weather.
There are some summers with the right mix (or right enough) of rain and sun
that WILL allow the new shoots to survive ...and some that will even allow them to thrive.

But neither anomaly will happen often enough to justify making plans around
(that's why it's an anomaly); vs planning on summer weather being both hot and dry.
What does your Farmers Almanac tell you?
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