Re-seeding my lawn - Knowledgebase Question

Rock Hill, SC (Zone 7B)
Question by mccat1
November 9, 2006
I was going to re-seed my lawn and then had to have the main sewer line to the road replaced. Obviously this affected a large part of the front yard. There was already a big area of dirt with no grass under a huge black gum tree. There is also quite a few unwanted weeds and clover in the yard. Should I till the whole yard under and start over ? Also in my back yard the grass is very sparce and I figured I would have to till it under and start over again as well. Because of the delay of the plumbing repairs I was not able to work on it until now (early November). What would you suggest I do and when ?

Answer from NGA
November 9, 2006


I'd rake the area and reseed now. The grass seed will germinate as long as the temperature is above 40F. This will give your lawn a headstart for the winter months. You may need to overseed in the early spring, but you should have a thick, healthy lawn by next summer.


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