Grass Problems - Knowledgebase Question

Charlotte, NC
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Question by edtwsd
February 25, 1998
I fertilized my lawn in late December and it appears that I burned several lines in the lawn with the fertilizer. I currently have a fescue lawn and I used typical fertilizer. I did put some grass seed down but the areas are not growing back. The rest ofthe lawn looks great. What should I do?

Eric Travland

Answer from NGA
February 25, 1998
Concentrated fertilizer can definately burn the grass, and nitrogen can remain in place until it weathers away. If you've reseeded but grass hasn't emerged within a reasonable length of time, I'd suspect that there still might be an overabundance of nitrogen in the area. Until it breaks down, grass seed probably won't germinate. Why not try raking the area and removing the affected soil, then putting untreated soil back in the area and sowing seed? Or, you can wait until later this springto reseed, by which time neighboring grass plants will have had an opportunity to use up the residual nitrogen. Either way, by mid-summer your mistake will be less obvious when you survey your yard.

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