dead grass - Knowledgebase Question

sun city center, Fl
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Question by benjboyles
May 20, 2009
Our lawn is dry,looks dead (no watering). I fertilized fri before the rain started (3DAYS), THE WEEDS TOOK OVER i HAVE NOW PULLED THE WEEDS OUT.
Even with all the rain 8days, (nada)grass very dry and little bugs ,not worms, all over yard.What next?? Help? thanks>=.

Answer from NGA
May 20, 2009
It sounds to me as though you need to renovate your entire lawn to get it back. There are a couple of ways to renovate your lawn. You can rototill it up and start all over, or you can rent a core aerator and aerate your lawn, then spread some sand or compost over the area and reseed or resprig.

If you decide to redo the entire lawn, start by rototilling the area to break up the soil. Remove any debris (stones, sticks, weeds, etc.) and then spread 4-5 inches of organic matter over the area and rototill it in, then rake the area smooth. Sod produces an almost instant lawn because the grass is mature with a healthy root system. After laying the sod and watering it down well, it only takes a week or two to become firmly established. Seeding takes a little longer, but the results are eventually the same - a lush, thick, healthy lawn. If you decide to seed your lawn, choose a mixture of bermdagrass seeds.

The second option is to aerate your existing lawn. A core aerator will remove one inch by three inch plugs from the lawn. Leave the plugs on the lawn and they will dissolve in rain or water from the sprinklers. After aerating spread a thin layer of sand or compost over the area and water it in well. The sand or compost plus the soil from the plugs will work their way down into the holes left by the plugs. You can then overseed your entire lawn if it is bermuda, or add some sprigs of St. Augustine, if that's the turf you are growing.

Either approach should improve the soil beneath the lawn and help your lawn grow lush and thick, which will help crowd out any future weeds.

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