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Fall lawn seeding

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I had our lawn top dressed with three yards of loam after a heavy thatching and raking last fall by local landscaper that was cutting the lawn while I rehabbed my knee. Came in spectacularly! This spring it was still better than good. Then the rains came. They cut when needed. But weeds started to crop up mid summer, my thought is they came in with their equipment....  I sprayed and fertilized, with mixed results. This past week I have been thatching and spot seeding a mix of top soil and heavy amount of seed, mixed in a wheelbarrow and watering. Apparently I failed to take notice of the one or two grubs I saw during this process. This morning the whole front lawn looked like it had been carpet bombed.... The skunks obviously enjoyed their buffet.... Grub X and water after work. And will be washed in, as directed, by tonight's rain. Bastids....

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I hired truegreen this year to do all my chemicals...lawn looks great but the nutsedge is still a pain.....I have them core aerating and seeding too, we will see how it goes.

 

I figures with what it cost me to do it myself, the stuff they use is 100 times better, and the additional  cost is a few hundred bucks worth of my time and labor I could spend fishing instead....well worth it so far...except I'm still cutting the grass  myself.

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Weeds always crop up in summer. My bet is the weeds came in with the top soil and the lawn equipment. Having a nice lawn is a commitment for sure but the best thing to do is to aerate and overseed every fall. Over seeding is very wasteful and doesn’t have a high percentage of germination which is why you have to do it often. A thick carpet of grass is the best protection against weeds. 

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I use a preemergent. $50 bucks at Home Depot and it covers the weeds for five months. Scotts Weed&Feed/Roundup to kill current, then this to prevent. Worked pretty well.

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