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Question DetailsAsked on 10/13/2013

need aeration & over seeding who can I use

back yard needs overseeding and aeration done now, it was a new lawn put in June 13, former landscaper did a horrible job…weeds everywhere, crab grass pulled and now I have large bare spots, need help.

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If was put in this year, should not need aeration if you had new topsoil put in. Sounds like it never got established so weeds took over, or you got bad topsoil with a lot of weed seed in it. Unless you are in an area with year-around vigorous grass growth, it will do no good to do it now - wait till spring. I would put down a granular weed and feed fertilizer now, so it soaks in and is in place in the spring to fertilize the grass and kill the emerging weeds, then after about 2-3 weeks of spring weather AND after you are consistently in the 60's in the daytime (50's in pacific northwest, northern tier states, and Alaska), then sow and rake in seed at about double the specified loading and water enough to keep moist but not wet until after second mowing. Works best if you can spread just 1/8" of so of topsoil over the seed rather than raking it in - you get MUCH more consistent infill the first year. hydroseeding is a poor second choice - you have to really keep on top of the watering to avoid letting it dry out.

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Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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