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Name: Random Bunny
Indiana (Zone 5b)
random_bunny75
May 12, 2018 7:29 PM CST
I need some help.

We bought our first home last year and front and backyard already had established grass. In the backyard though, there was a large area covered with brush and trees which we cleared last Fall, graded the ground and planted new grass seed. The people who did this job for us used, I think, Sta Green sun and shade grass seed.

The grass has come stronger this Spring but we hate it, here is why:
- it is a different shade, lighter than the established grass which is darker green. and we don't like it. Not sure if this is only because the grass is brand new.

- It is stiff, not soft and each blade comes out straight and has whitish hue.

- It grows straight up and when you walk on it, it bends, looks weird.

- Not sure why but it retains so much moisture that when I am mowing it, it gets stuck in blades and mower keeps stalling until i flip it and take out these wet clumps.

Not sure if the grass seed was too cheap. And what we can do about this problem.... we don't want to spend killing this grass and start new. We have already put in a lot of $ last Fall.

Anybody have any advice, recommendations?

Thank you,
Random
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
May 12, 2018 9:36 PM CST
random_bunny75 said:I need some help.

We bought our first home last year and front and backyard already had established grass. In the backyard though, there was a large area covered with brush and trees which we cleared last Fall, graded the ground and planted new grass seed. The people who did this job for us used, I think, Sta Green sun and shade grass seed.

The grass has come stronger this Spring but we hate it, here is why:
- it is a different shade, lighter than the established grass which is darker green. and we don't like it. Not sure if this is only because the grass is brand new.
- It is stiff, not soft and each blade comes out straight and has whitish hue.
- It grows straight up and when you walk on it, it bends, looks weird.
- Not sure why but it retains so much moisture that when I am mowing it, it gets stuck in blades and mower keeps stalling until i flip it and take out these wet clumps.

Not sure if the grass seed was too cheap. And what we can do about this problem.... we don't want to spend killing this grass and start new. We have already put in a lot of $ last Fall.

Anybody have any advice, recommendations?
Thank you,
Random

Having read your previous posts, you seem to have gone from not having good enough, or enough grass to too much grass the wrong color of green.
Not all grasses are the same color of green over time they tend to blend but not always.
Thick grass can clog mowers.
Healthy grass contains moisture, if you get a dry spell it will not be too moist, though it might also be dead.
How sharp is your lawn mower?
Fescue is the soft grass so you most likely have little to no Fescue in your blend.
Yours was not a cheap seed but you should have been more finicky in picking the seed.
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sooby
May 13, 2018 4:27 AM CST
I'm not sure what you mean by a whitish hue, can you post a picture of the whole lawn and a close-up of the grass in the new part? It sounds as if the grass may be fairly long when you are cutting it, what is your mowing height?

If it is this product:
https://www.lowes.ca/grass-see...

It is said to contain:
"High-performance mixture of Kentucky Bluegrass, Creeping Red Fescue, Perennial Ryegrass, Intermediate Ryegrass, and Annual Ryegrass"

I'm wondering, based on your description, whether you are seeing mostly the annual ryegrass at the moment, which will eventually die out (it is included in mixes as a "nurse grass" for the others).

Is the new area now in all sun? Have you fertilized at all?

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