Getting Grass to Grow

Updated on July 15, 2008
K.G. asks from Saint Charles, IL
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We have several areas in our yard where we've put down grass seed. Any suggestion on how to help it grow evenly? The areas we put in the front yard turned out very patchy. Do you put anything on it? How much water does it need? I'm pretty clueless when it comes to this stuff but want my yard to look presentable. Thanks for your help!

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answers from Pittsburgh on

I just did some large areas of my yard with Scott's Patch Master. It's an all in one product so all you have to do is put it down. you don't need any other mulch or fertilizer or anything.
I have to water it twice a day but it is growing in AMAZINGLY well. It's been 10 days and it is like 3 inches tall and getting thick.
A 15 pound bag does 300 square feet and was about $20 at Home Depot.
Just pull out all the dead grass and use one of those garden tiller things to loosen up all the dirt under the dead spot.
I swear I have a black thumb and it was really easy and worked so well.



answers from Chicago on

First, this isn't the best season to try and plant grass seed. You will have to stay on top of it if you want it to come in. Also, make sure you know what caused your bare spots. Grubs were terrible last year and may come back this year so you may want to address that before you patch your grass. If you buy the grass patch stuff, it seems to work pretty good. Just de-thatch the area with a small hand rake or large rake and spread the patch grass, using gloves. You will have to water it regularly, morning (and possibly evening if you are doing it now) to make sure the "patches" take. Never water during the hottest time of the day or you'll create other problems and burn stuff out. This grass patch can be purchased at Lowes, Home Depot or any gardening store. Hope this helps. edit) if you are just adding more seed...the spaghnum peat moss is a good idea for keeping down seed and helping it germinate - or I've seen some people use a hay mesch "blanket" which I think you may find at a garden store or lawn care place. Good Luck!



answers from Chicago on

If the spots you are have problems with is where the dog is doing his business all the time you will not be able to keep a good stand of grass. If that is not the case, is this a really shaded spot? If so you need to use a grass seed that is made just for shade. Make sure that it is NOT annual rye grass seed because that is not a good seed. It is an annual seed.
If it is right out in the sun and you can't get a good stand of grass I recommend calling a lawn expert. You may have grubs or some other kind of boring bug that is preventing your lawn from growing.

Our lawn is about a 1/3 shade and it is very hard to get grass growing. In one area beside our house we decided to put a flowered walk area filled with shade plants because we could not get grass to grow and our lawn man said it is the cheapest way to cure the problem. It was an area where almost no direct sun light gets to because of the trees. I love my shade garden.

Back to your problem. We have a lawn service that comes in 5 times a years to fertilize, put down weed preventative and aerate our yard. They also do grub service upon request. Having your yard aerated at that beginning of the season is very important. It always the grass to loosen up and water and fertilizer to go directly to the roots. If you do not wish to hirer some one you can rent a unit and do it your self but it only cost us $49. for a lawn less than 5000 sq feet. If you have never seen an aerated lawn, what the machine does is rolls over your lawn taking small plugs of your lawn up. When they are done my son says it look like a bunch of raccoons used are lawn for there bathroom. Don't ask me why he says this, he is 17 years old and teenagers mind work different than ours.
Getting rid of all the crab grass and creeping charlie, etc. is very important to a health lawn. Creeping weeds strangle your good lawn and it takes over. If you do not wish to hire some one to put down the fertilizer/weed killer, I recommend using Scotts or Weed and Feed. These can be bought at Farm and Fleet, Menards, Wal-Mart, etc. But you really have to aerate your lawn to make sure the fertilizer and weed killer are getting to were it needs to go. You also need to apply these product when the dew is still on the ground or right before the sun comes up. You will need a spreader for this.

I hope that some of this advice will help you. Keeping a great lawn is a lot of work. That is why we decided to hire a service. It costs us less than $200. per year for 5 lawn treatment and an aeration. It really save use on headaches but there is still those couple spots where it was just better to plant some ferns, sweet william and some hostas because grass was not going to grow where the sun don't shine.

Good Luck and may your lawn soon be very green.




answers from Chicago on

K.,I am by no means an expert, but I have tried to grow grass in many spots in my yard, mostly due to extreme shade. Anyway, last year we had some trees taken out in a fairly large area and had to reseed it. I added peat moss to the soil before laying down the seed and the grass came in better than any other time we tried. I raked the peat moss in but no deeper than they tell you to rake the soil to grow the grass. I put enough in so it was visible, but not too much to overtake the soil. I have had good results using peat moss when planting shrubs and pereniels (sp?) too.
You can find peat moss in plastic bags (like topsoil) at Lowe's, Menards or Home Depot.

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