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(Zone 5b)
Apr 7, 2017 5:47 PM CST
Hi there! So last year I hired a lawn service, and in the Fall seed was put down. Now that it's Spring my yard looks worse. I have been reading about how to grow my lawn back and I figured why not try to seed? So I live in zone 5b and I have read that Fescue seed should work best for this part of my lawn since it gets a lot of shade. There's also another part of me that wants to say screw it, and just buy sod...does anyone have any advice on growing a lawn back from basically mud?
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Apr 7, 2017 7:02 PM CST
Welcome to NGA, @primrosebud .

We've had to "do" our lawn over multiple times, or at least large sections of it, due to various projects... one spring it was so bad I had to put barn boots on just to get to the car in the driveway to go to work, so I sympathize with "bringing the lawn back from mud."

We've always used a grass seed mixture from a local lawn and garden place, called "athletic field mix," I'm not sure what all is in it, but it tolerates some shade and foot traffic very well. It looks like you do have some grass coming up from the fall seeding, and if you have enough patience it would probably fill in, but I'd suggest scratching things up a little with a rake, then over-seeding it, watering, and mulching it with straw. Be sure to keep it watered so that it doesn't dry out once the seeds start sprouting, and once you start mowing be sure to set the mower blade as high as possible until things are well established. There are some articles in the Learning Library here on NGA that you might find useful -- here's a list that I found by searching "new lawn":

Just try to be patient... unless you do want to go the sod route! (Our yard is so big - and our budget so small - that sod wasn't even a consideration.)
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