Lawns/Making the lawn look better
I have been hacking at my lawn with a claw hammer removing large areas of crabgrass and bermuda grass. I planted some old seed, but I think more weed came up than seed, because there was a lot of weed seed in the mulch I put down over the seed. I think I'll get some fescue seed at Walmart and try again. I don't like fertilizer. I just want the mulch/compost to let the seed come up naturally. I hardly ever freezes here, but since it is November now, any lawn that does come up will only come up slowly. So that's my general situation. One questions is can I put seed over the areas where there is a lot of crab grass and expect the fescue seed to beat out the established crab grass or is that kind of a ridiculous approach. I've heard of overseeding. Isn't that what that is? Or should I just keep hacking out the crab grass areas and planting in their place. I also have a nice old plug tool and I can take plugs from the areas where the old fescue is still thick and put it into the areas where there is none. I am trying to stay away from chemicals and being a vegetarian too, I have a gopher issue, but am loathe to kill gophers. I know I might seem hopeless, but any ideas would be appreciated. See attached photos.
PS My wife just says use Scotts weed and feed and I think she might be right. But I keep trying the organic way.
Whether you put down seed or sod or plugs, you must clean out the area and cultivate it a bit. You want to make it easy for tiny new roots to grow down and anchor the plant.
Regular and light watering is essential for the first 3 weeks or so.
Do not stop the watering program when you see the first leaves of the seedlings.
You must make quite sure that the seedlings are firmly rooted in. 8 weeks is not unusual for this to happen.
It is better to do a small area that you can handle rather than tackle the whole and have it get away from you.