You Bet Your Garden

Over-seeding your lawn, successfully!

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September 8, 2012 — Cool season grasses often need a little help at the end of summer — especially this summer. Mike McGrath reveals the secrets of successfully over-seeding an existing, but patchy lawn. Plus answers to all your growing questions.

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Question of the Week

I’ve seen people ‘overseeding’ their lawns, and was surprised that I couldn’t find any mention of it in your A to Z archives. I think my lawn might be a candidate for overseeding, but how can I tell for sure? Is there a problem with overseeding a different type of grass than is currently present? Is there a resource for identifying what type of grass I already have?  Get the answer »

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  • http://YouBetYourGarden pam feinschil

    hi
    I live in Roxborough and need help with my lawn. I have 2 dogs and a sunny back yard in the summer. 6 or 7 years ago I had the grass removed and sod put down. That lasted about 2 years and now I have bare spots and would like to seed them. I heard you talk about a type of grass that browns in the winter but is really hardy, that is what I need.
    Any suggestions?

    • Sarah Kaizar

      Hi Pam — Mike McGrath reviewed your question and offers this advice: “That would be zoysia, which is installed via plugs, not seed. (No seed will work in the Spring.) Zoysia is planted in the Spring, but you’d have to keep the dogs off while it gets established. Maybe sod again instead? No matter what, Read the ‘dogs and lawns’, zoysia grass and spring and fall lawn care articles in this Archive of Previous Questions of the Week (http://www.gardensalive.com/article.asp?ai=492) from my Public Radio show, where the alphabetical order listing should make it easy to find the topics you need; just look under the letters of your keywords. All the best, Mike McG; You Bet Your Garden”



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