Seeding Your Lawn


If you were to over-seed you lawn, what type of grass would you pick and why? I'm "pretty sure" my lawn is full of centipede and St Augustine (and weeds). I did a nice run with some weed and seed and I want to add some seed to the yard now so it can come back better next year. What say you??question


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Been in turf management for close to 40 years. Centipede is a finickly grass,haven't dealt much with St.augustine so I won't go there.Careful with any weed and feed on centipede, it does NOT like 2-4 D ,MCPP and many other broadleaf herbicides in weed and feed,personally I think weed and feed is the biggest racket in the south ever and many yards have suffered or died out over it's use.Atrazine and/or princep are a better choice if you need broadleaf weed control. Vantage(or poast) can be applied to centipede to control grassy weeds(crabgrass,common Bermuda,etc.). It also does not like a lot of fertilizer, a good choice is old timey "tobacco fertilizer". If overseeding in winter use only annual rye,perrenial rye or any type of fesques and your yard will suffer dramatically come spring green-up. As far as seeding,clean up any weeds you have now,(you'll still have winter annuals but they will die out) and after any chance of frost has passed(ideally when we start seeing 60 degree nights in the spring) then rent a slicer you can pull behind a mower(most rental places have them) , slice your yard and apply your seed(preferably before a rain). The seed will wash into the slices and vastly improve germination. It will then spread and cover in 6-8 weeks before it gets too hot and dry.There have been many opinions on seeding warm season grasses and letting it sit on the lawn during the winter, I personally would not do it,better to wait for ideal conditions for quick germination.Hope this helps you and others out.Originally posted by billymac


Based on your wealth of experience how do you get rid of annual blue grass / POA? I have zoysia companion and that clumpy @$$ weed is a royal pain in the back side.


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Fesque is a cool season grass,if you were to overseed using it you would end up suppressing centipede and you would have patchy fesque throughout your lawn from say may through early sept. Fesque is a bunch grass that doesn't totally burn out like annual rye does,most will but some will survive and you'll end up with a hot mess all summer.It's a shame we can't grow it year round because it makes for a awesome lawn.....up north!
 

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