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Now's the time to reseed dead lawn patches

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: September 14, 2012

My husband and I have been keeping an eye on the bare spots in our lawn, hoping the grass will miraculously reappear. 

It's time to stop dreaming and start reseeding, the turf experts at Ohio State University say.

The latest issue of the Buckeye Yard and Garden Line newsletter notes that most Ohio lawns have received enough rain by now to green up. Spots that haven't revived yet aren't going to.

Now's the time to reseed those spots, since cool nights and warm days are optimal for grass seed germination. Weeds will take over quickly if the spots aren't reseeded, the newsletter notes.

It offers these pointers:

  • Choose a type of grass that matches or blends with what's already in the lawn so the patch isn't noticeable.
  • Rake or remove dead plants and loosen the soil before seeding, so the seed comes in contact with soil.
  • Water to ensure the new seedlings survive. Don't let them dry out while they're becoming established.
  • Apply a starter fertilizer at the time of seeding or shortly afterward. Don't use a weed-and-feed product, unless the fertilizer is clearly labeled for use on newly seeded lawns. 
  • Don't apply broadleaf weed control to your lawn this fall if you're reseeding. It will keep the grass seeds from germinating.
  • In the spring, avoid using a spring crabgrass control product unless it's a type such as siduron that's labeled for seeding lawns.







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