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Old 06-09-2014, 05:54 AM
 
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Okay - so I'm new to gardening (since last year) and I'm sure my neighbours think I'm moving. I have a beautiful pond, hostas, flowers, blooming shrubs, trees... and now I realize that I need to look after my lawn. The weeds just don't fit in my yard any longer. So I've been digging up individual weeds as I see them. I then put grass seed in the hole where the weed was and pack with dirt. I use the sprinkler to ensure that the area is well watered. I realize that this will take some time. I am approaching my lawn in sections and digging weed/planting seed.

I'm hoping this will work. I don't really have the time or inclination (this year anyway) to dig up my lawn and till. Wondering if anyone can tell me if my technique will work. Or if you have further suggestions.

Thanks very much,

Spice
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Old 06-09-2014, 06:36 AM
 
Location: NC
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Grass seed will not germinate if it is buried deeply. One-quarter inch is the maximim depth. It needs the tiny little bit of light that filters through that small amount of soil in order to be biologically triggered to germinate.
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Old 06-09-2014, 08:35 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Grass seed will not germinate if it is buried deeply. One-quarter inch is the maximim depth. It needs the tiny little bit of light that filters through that small amount of soil in order to be biologically triggered to germinate.
Yes, and you should be watering the seed 2-3 times a day until they sprout and are an inch or so tall. If they don't remain moist they won't germinate.
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Old 06-09-2014, 02:14 PM
 
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I recently raked my dirt with a garden rake, seeded it pretty heavily, and lightly raked the dirt again to cover some of it up. Probably 1/3 of the seeds are still on the surface. We've had rain every other day just about, and the ground is very moist. I planted a mix of 5 kinds of fescue. The bag said it is a sun and shade mix. I have speckled sunlight or only a few hours of sun in the area I seeded. I had a rock garden there before, so I'm starting anew. I hope these seeds grow!
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Old 06-09-2014, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Mass
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Even Up north in a Massachusetts, you could run into problems trying to keep the seed "moist" enough to germinate and then wet enough to beat the dry scalding days we can get in June.

Not sure where you're located, but, as Hemlock mentioned, grass seed needs to be consistently moist to germinate. HOTTER it is, more frequent watering you need at this critical time.

A light mulch will help keep water in. Light grass clippings or a commercial seed patch kit will also help keep the cool and water in the soil if the temps rise in your area.
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Old 06-09-2014, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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We use Hay around here when planting new grass seeds. It not only keeps them moist but prevents the birds from eating them and its biodegradable. Win Win Win.
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Old 06-10-2014, 07:04 AM
 
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A lot of people here in SC use hay to grow grass as well. A neighbor of mine down the street did that about 3-4 weeks ago and it's already looking really good!
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Old 06-10-2014, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Aiken, South Carolina, US of A
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You don't use hay, you use straw.
Hay is for horses.
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Old 06-23-2014, 08:50 AM
 
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Grass seed will not germinate if it is buried deeply. One-quarter inch is the maximim depth. It needs the tiny little bit of light that filters through that small amount of soil in order to be biologically triggered to germinate.

Thank you! This helps. Planting the seed in the place of the weed was at least an inch deep. I think I was waisting a lot of good time. Thanks again.
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Old 06-23-2014, 08:52 AM
 
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Yes, and you should be watering the seed 2-3 times a day until they sprout and are an inch or so tall. If they don't remain moist they won't germinate.
Also good to know! I wasn't watering that much!
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