Fertilizing my lawn for initial spring application

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tman24

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When is the best time to start seeding in central Iowa. Late August?
Its not scientific but i was went by the rule of thumb to seed any month except the ones that end in y (excluding may). Usually it depends how much you want to water really.
 

Gunnerclone

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Okay so another question I’ve been watering and the crab grass is just absolutely exploding to the point I can’t keep up on it. Is that a sign I’m watering too much?
 

chuckd4735

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You go early or late december?
Ive heard people say the best way to seed is to wait for the first snowfall, and put your seed on top of the snow, and let it keep snowing on top of the seed. Once spring hits and the snow melts, it takes off. Ive never tried that. My rule has always been to seed after Labor Day.
 

BCClone

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Ive heard people say the best way to seed is to wait for the first snowfall, and put your seed on top of the snow, and let it keep snowing on top of the seed. Once spring hits and the snow melts, it takes off. Ive never tried that. My rule has always been to seed after Labor Day.

A late seed before any sprouting can happen is fine. If you seed fall, I would seed so you get an inch or so of growth on the grass and don't even come near it with a mower. Worst thing is to seed it and have it just sprout, good chance it will die right away.
 

titleist

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Is it a good time to spread this or is it too late? Forgot i had it in my garage.
 

NickTheGreat

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Ive heard people say the best way to seed is to wait for the first snowfall, and put your seed on top of the snow, and let it keep snowing on top of the seed. Once spring hits and the snow melts, it takes off. Ive never tried that. My rule has always been to seed after Labor Day.
I've known some old timers who swear by that. Haven't tried it myself either.
 

mj4cy

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Curious if anyone knows of a good local aerator (maybe overseed as well though I can do that myself). Did it myself once and that was enough for me.