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Old 08-21-2018, 05:57 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Old 12-03-2018, 02:54 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, 03:13 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, 10:20 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, 03:47 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 12-06-2018, 11:54 AM
 
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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 12-06-2018, 02:16 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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Old 03-25-2019, 12:42 PM
 
Location: NJ
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so i have a new lawn company and a lawn that isnt nearly as great as i would like. i asked about seeding and they dont recommend it in the spring. i actually have a couple of bags of seed that i was planning on spreading around last fall but didnt. so i figure, okay ill just throw down what i have and then wait for fall to do an official seeding.

so they do their first treatment last week which i believe is primarily to prevent the growth of weeds like crab grass. they mentioned in their paper they left that i shouldnt seed because that could compromise the weed chemical barrier (im not sure if that is the exact phrase). so the idea is that applying the seed could undo the effects of weed control.

sooooooo im planning on listening to them but i was curious if that sounded fully legit. i wouldnt mind trying to fill in some of the areas that area too spotty.
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Old 03-26-2019, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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so i have a new lawn company and a lawn that isnt nearly as great as i would like. i asked about seeding and they dont recommend it in the spring. i actually have a couple of bags of seed that i was planning on spreading around last fall but didnt. so i figure, okay ill just throw down what i have and then wait for fall to do an official seeding.

so they do their first treatment last week which i believe is primarily to prevent the growth of weeds like crab grass. they mentioned in their paper they left that i shouldnt seed because that could compromise the weed chemical barrier (im not sure if that is the exact phrase). so the idea is that applying the seed could undo the effects of weed control.

sooooooo im planning on listening to them but i was curious if that sounded fully legit. i wouldnt mind trying to fill in some of the areas that area too spotty.
They probably applied a pre-emergent herbicide. Your grass seed won't sprout.
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Old 03-27-2019, 09:00 AM
 
Location: NJ
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They probably applied a pre-emergent herbicide. Your grass seed won't sprout.
i am aware of that issue, that you cant seed because that stuff will kill the seed. i figured id wait a few weeks, throw it down and hope for the best. if it doesnt work, i am no worse off. however, if the seed causes negative stuff like additional weeds then i wouldnt want that.
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