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 t...
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!
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.
This work is supported in part by New Technologies for Ag Extension grant no. 2020-41595-30123 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.