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Old 10-08-2007, 07:16 AM
 
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I have reseeded a small patch in my side yard and am wondering if I can get it to "take" with the conditions. I have been able to keep it moist (since it is so small) but am wooried haw it will do through the winter. I know a lot of you are much more knowledgable than I am on the subject. What are my chances?
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Old 10-08-2007, 07:18 AM
 
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It should do fine if you keep it watered and take care of it for the next 2 months.
I haven't even thrown my seed out yet!
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Old 10-08-2007, 07:28 AM
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You want to seed in the Fall, not Spring. This gives the grass a chance to get its roots growing now, which will help the grass make it through the hot summers. The grass will do fine through the winter. When you seed, the new grass usually has much thinner blades than the established grass. Also, some of the grass may not be visible at all. But come next spring, the grass will pop back out and do great. You will probably have a few bare spots, but don't worry. Just power seed (aerate+seed or slit-seed) next Fall and the bare spots will, for the most parts, fill in. When I've done this in the past, it takes 2-3 years for the lawn to become fully established, but once you've done that it will look great.
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Old 10-08-2007, 07:36 AM
 
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Does the reseeding ever end? Everyone in my neighborhood aerates and reseeds every year...doesn't it ever last thru a 2nd year? Don't know if we just have poor soil conditions or what.

We did the aerating yesterday, and this year will the reseeding (lots of seed, trying 2 types this year, fescue and kentucky blue grass mix since we have lots of shade) plus starter fertilizer & lyme. We've done this every year (2 yrs) and here we go again...we always end up sparce and patchy by the end of summer.
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Old 10-08-2007, 07:45 AM
 
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we overseed yearly, but only aerate every two years or so.
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Old 10-08-2007, 08:33 AM
 
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Does the reseeding ever end? Everyone in my neighborhood aerates and reseeds every year...doesn't it ever last thru a 2nd year? Don't know if we just have poor soil conditions or what.
These cool weather grasses don't spread on their own. You have to overseed to replace any grass that doesn't survive the summer even once the lawn is established. And in the first 3 years or so you are still trying to establish the initial lawn anyway.

You should get your soil tested and make sure you are doing the right things to improve it. Make sure you cut to the appropriate height (fescue should be tall. I see way too many people cut it too short and ruin a yard).
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Old 10-08-2007, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Clayton, NC
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You want to seed in the Fall, not Spring.
I've read that it depends upon the type of seed. Fescue is okay to seed in the fall but with Bermuda its better to wait until spring as it needs the hot sun to germinate.

Not an expert in the least but we're waiting for the spring to retill/reseed with Bermuda though may do some overseeding with a winter rye soon.

Lauren
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Old 10-08-2007, 01:07 PM
 
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Thanks for the info. I will continue to water and hope for the best!
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Old 10-08-2007, 01:13 PM
 
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I think in NC it is still generally recommended to plant even Bermuda grass in the early fall (like 2 weeks ago) when the day time temperatures are still warm. I planted a few patches of bermmuda early this spring and while it germinated, it all pretty much died shortly thereafter.

I'm no expert though either .

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Old 10-08-2007, 02:09 PM
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I've read that it depends upon the type of seed. Fescue is okay to seed in the fall but with Bermuda its better to wait until spring as it needs the hot sun to germinate.
Good point - my comments were only about fescue, as that is what I have. Bermuda seems to be pretty rare in Raleigh - out of the neighborhoods I've lived in over the past 20 years, I've seen very few yards with it (less than I can count on one hand). It may be true that you need to seed Bermuda in the spring, although I guess I just assumed folks used sod as that is all I've ever seen.
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