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Question: I had moss and patches in my lawn post winters. I used Scotts fertilizer and reseeded the patchy areas in end of March based on the advice of one of the experts on this program. There was enough rainfall after that in Seattle area so I am sure it got plenty of water. It has been almost 2 months now and I don't see any grass germinating. The patchy areas are only 10% of the lawn and rest of the lawn is in a perfect condition requiring mowing every 10 days. Is there anything wrong with how I executed the plan or is soemthing wrong with my lawn/soil?

Answer: I know the Seattle area has had some extended winter weather and some late snowstorms. I suspect the grass seeds, which would normally sprout and grow during mild winters, has not survived this year's extended winter. I'd reseed the bare spots, first by raking the soil to roughen it up and then broadcasting seeds. Cover the seeded areas with a thin layer of peat moss to help keep the seeds moist and to discourage birds from feasting on the seed. Your grass seed should sprout in 7-10 days if kept moist. In a few weeks the grass will fill in.

Best wishes with your lawn!

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