Champlin Lawn Problems #850415

Asked September 18, 2023, 4:47 PM EDT

Sandy, compacted soil. Half of yard is crabgrass; this side is all sun. The rest of the yard is fair at best. Getting bids to aerate and overseed. I talked to a master gardener at the state fair. She recommended killing the weeds first and then aerating and overseeding. That is my inclination. She recommended tall fescue and maybe some creeping thyme. Most companies use a blend of fescue and bluegrass. One company suggested only aerating and overseeding the better part of the yard. Based on Dr. Google, I may need to renovate, not repair, the bad part of the lawn. I would appreciate all information and recommendations. Please feel free to email me to ask for my phone number to chat. Thanks!

Hennepin County Minnesota

Expert Response

I'm attaching an article from the U of Mn that provides detailed information about how to renovate your lawn.  The Master Gardener you spoke with also provided good information.  If you have a sizable amount of weeds, it's good to eliminate them before planting new grass seed.  The type of seed you choose depends on your sun/shade areas and soil.  This article talks about that.

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Diane M Replied September 18, 2023, 5:34 PM EDT

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