Lawn Maintenance


Old 10-02-13, 11:03 AM
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I have some lawn maintenance questions. They say to re-seed in the fall and they also say to put down fertilizer and lime. In what order should I put seed down, fertilizer, and lime.
Also when choosing fertilizer in the fall, as far as saving money, is there any benefit to getting the winterguard which is about $54 or weed and feed which is $48. I will go one step further and ask if I can just buy the regular lawn fertilizer which is $38. Thanks in advance for the help.
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Old 10-02-13, 11:30 AM
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Dunno for sure about the order of application, but I would think the amendments would be first and then the seed a day or 2 later after watering.

Is this an overseed of a patchy/thin lawn or a complete reseed of bare dirt.

As to the fertilizer....I would use a starter type initially...then about a month later use a winter type. The winter types don't have anything to promote root growth, which is what you really want the new seeds to develop initially. I would not use weed and feed or regular fertilizer. Those are more for maintenance of established grass. Weed and feed will come next spring or early summer.

Isn't it getting kind of late to plant? When do you expect your first freeze? You really need 4-6 weeks for it to get established.
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I'm sorry I did mean to say overseeding. I already have an established lawn. I want to plant grass in some patchy spots. I also want to put down lime and fertilizer around where those patchy spots exist. As far as fertilizer i'm am just trying to understand my choices. Scotts for example sells the turf builder and the Winterguard with weed control. Is there really any point in putting down the Winterguard with weed control when the weeds are diminishing?
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When overseeding my lawn I put it all down at the same time; seed, fertilizer and lime. Not for the lawn's benefit but mainly because I have all the equipment out so when the hopper is empty I dump in the next product and get it all done in one spurt.

Generally I'm not a fan of different products rolled together into one package though I had great results with weed & feed when I had a tiny lot in the city. Back then Scotts only offered one variety of weed & feed and I did not apply in the fall. Anymore I buy the components separately since they often are best applied at different times of the year and in my area I can buy the individual components cheaper than the prepackaged Scotts.
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