Moss and bare areas - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by singnjane
February 26, 2011
The lawn is fescue. Two areas where grass is gone, only exposed dirt. Another area in the shade has moss. In what order do I apply pre-emergent to healthier portions, re-seed, aerate, sand, etc.

Answer from NGA
February 26, 2011


It's really difficult to get lawn to grow in the shade but fescue is about as shade tolerant as you can find in a turfgrass so I'd encourage it to grow. Start by raking out the moss and then working a little compost into the bare areas. Overseed in mid-March and keep the seeded areas moist at all times. The grass seeds will germinate in 7-10 days. You can apply a pre emergent in March or April but avoid the newly seeded areas (pre emergents will keep grass seeds from sprouting). Feed your lawn in April with a 3-1-2 ratio of NPK. You can feed again in June and again in September or October. As long as you keep the lawn regularly watered, mowed and fed, it should be lush and thick all season long. Best wishes with your lawn.

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