Bad Sod - Knowledgebase Question

Maryville, Il
Question by mkorte66
September 20, 2009
Bought a new house and sod was laid in mid May. The front yard looks great but the back yard is brown and full of crab grass. What would be the most economical way to develop a good lawn with bad sod in the back yard?

Answer from NGA
September 20, 2009


Sod is nice because it already established and has a good root system. As long as it makes good contact with the soil and is watered deeply it should grow well. If it wasn't properly installed or watered on a regular basis, it can struggle and turn brown. It may be that the lawn will green up this fall when rainfall is abundant and weather is cooler. If so, you only need to feed, water and mow on a regular basis beginning next spring. If it doesn not green up this fall you can overseed to help thicken it up. Crabgrass is an annual weed. When the weather cools it will die out and you can rake it out of the lawn. Next spring apply a pre-emergent herbicide to keep the crabgrass seeds from sprouting. Once you get your lawn nice and thick, it should crowd out crabgrass in the future. Best wishes with your lawn.

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