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    Default Fall Lawn Care Advice Needed

    OK, I just put down the Scott's fall lawn treatment this morning (recommended Sept-Nov)... Even though the lawn is severely dormant/dead from being 9 inches below normal rainfall, I figured that getting the nutrients into the soil would be a plus either way... And we've had a nice rain all day today...

    My question is this: Is it better to seed in the fall or spring? I've heard it argued both ways.

    Since I can't seed for a few weeks due to the latest treatment, I'd be putting the seed down in mid/late November, and most likely before the ground freezes solid... Would that be enough time for the seed to germinate, or would it be a waste of money? Also, do the migratory birds pose too much of a threat to eat the seed?

    Suggestions anyone?
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    Default Re: Fall Lawn Care Advice Needed

    I would say do it in the spring now

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    I would say do it in the spring now
    That was sorta what I was thinking, but my neighbor was saying that later this year would still be better for stronger root development... Not that it will inevitably matter, because it'll be the same situation next year... It always is around here...

    I just don't want to waste my money on seed if it's gonna not work...
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    Default Re: Fall Lawn Care Advice Needed

    I put some turf builder down this past Sept. Had a brain fart and put that down and went and got the Fall treatment for when I get back from Vieques (again). The gardening person told me that with the turf builder treatment I put down in Sept may burn the seeds if I put them down this Fall.

    She recommended what I planned on doing. I was going to apply the Fall treatment around Thanksgiving providing the ground is not frozen yet. I was told to put the seeds down in the Spring.

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    I was told to put the seeds down in the Spring.
    Cool... Hell, I might do both, because I really do think that if it gets down early it might do better than that in the spring... I dunno...

    ... I always seem to mess this stuff up, and waste money on glorified bird seed as they eat whatever I put down...
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    Default Re: Fall Lawn Care Advice Needed

    Another thing she said was to put the grass starter fertilizer (different than the Turf Builder) after I put the seeds down. Skip the Spring treatment and after I mowed the lawn 3-4 times, to put down the Turf Builder. Let the new grass grow before putting any other treatments (other that the starter fertilizer).

    It sucked this past Summer, I left to go work in Vieques, PR with a lush, green lawn (granted weeds were there) and I came back and the entire lawn was brown (yep, even the weeds were). Once the grass (& weeds) started growing again, I put the Turf Builder down. I think i took a serious chunk of the weeds out. The grass seemed to rebound well also.

    I guess it's pretty cool though that I can plan my lawn care around my trips to Vieques. Now if I can only get that cooler weather you are getting up there down here, I'd be in heaven.

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    Man, we are 9 inches below average on rainfall this year... Worst it's been in a long time... Gonna be interesting come springtime....
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    I heard that this winter is going to be colder than last year (don't let Kipper read this). Not as much snow, but colder.

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    I heard that this winter is going to be colder than last year (don't let Kipper read this). Not as much snow, but colder.
    Maybe where you're at.... But I'm over in Cincinnati, and I heard that it was supposed to be milder here... But cold is cold... I already am dreadding it.... I like it "cool" but not frozen...
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    Default Re: Fall Lawn Care Advice Needed

    My yard wouldn't recognize any kind of help . It sucks. All clay and shale with hardpan underneath in some places.

    Maybe I'll try some fall treatment and see if there is a difference.

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    Crossbones, I'm in your same situation. I live in a 100 year old house and when they dug the basement they threw all the clay in the backyard. Do yourself a favor and read stuff written by a Kentucky farmer named Wendell Berry. I compost all my kitchen scraps and distribute it over my yard to rebuild the topsoil. Scott's doesn't want to hear this but grass isn't a native plant and that's why it dies out. Native plants like dandelions and plantains grow in distressed soils and throw down deep roots and bring a lot of nutrients to the surface. Americans spend more money on chemicals to fertilize a worthless crop like grass than all the farmers in America spend to fertilize corn, wheat and cotton. Just my two cents, I know it's not popular culture.

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    Blackandgold, I do have more weeds than grass, but I have bare patches too. Maybe I'll plant weeds like hawkweed/dragon weed.

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    BEST FALL LAWN TREATMENT...

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    There's a big sign outside a house near me that says:

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    Nothin is gonna help my yard..... I'm the "Charlie Brown" of the neighborhood.....
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