Ask a Question forum: Overseeding on the new lawn area with straw in place + Mole problem

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Name: Random Bunny
Oct 20, 2017 2:33 PM CST
Lawn experts (you know who you are)

I have a question. I started new lawn in my backyard (extended my existing lawn) by getting rid of thick brush, shrubs and trees (more of a forest). On Sept 23, I spread the grass seed and straw and the lawn has come up since then. The problem is, it is too think in some areas. Questions:

•Should I over seed now? I feel that not all seed may make a contact with soil because of straw. Shall I still do it?
•Is it too late to do this or is it still OK to over seed now?
•There are mole mounds coming up in this new lawn, and that's terrible because they are just making holes in new grass. I ordered those sonic spike mole repellant- to get rid of them in a humane way, Not sure these will work.

Thank you.

I am in Central Indiana.
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Oct 20, 2017 3:16 PM CST
Random - did you put the straw down first before the first seeding? You can try sprinkling a little extra seed in the thin areas and pray to the weather gods for a late first frost. Some seed in lawn grass mixes can take up to 3 weeks to germinate.
Can't help with the moles/voles (?) other than to try traps. Are you sure it's not squirrels or chipmunks digging? It's that time of year for squirrels to bury things.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
Garden Ideas: Level 1 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Oct 20, 2017 7:08 PM CST
I have been doing a LOT of research about moles recently.

You may not have the same type of mole I am dealing with in my garden. I live in the mountains of northern California.

This is the best article I found that addressed mole activity and all of the remedies that gardeners try to use to remove them from their gardens:

The bottom line, for me, is that even trapping is not a viable solution in the long run because once a mole is removed from his tunnel system, there are moles waiting in line to take over the tunnels ... Sighing!

I do have a plan on how I am going to get the mole activity away from the crowns of the roses, but I am not certain if it will work. Only time will tell.

I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
Oct 20, 2017 7:15 PM CST
Seed it heavily and water it heavily, you have nothing to lose.
When we used to seed large areas in the fall we would see flocks of small birds descend, so we used a lot.

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