Overseeding Backyard - Tall Fescue - October 2021
We have had a particularly difficult grass-growing season this Summer. The heat and drought sent the majority of our Kentucky Blue Grass into dormancy. There were a couple of spots that I believe went beyond dormancy into death including the low spot outside of our patio area in back. At first, I thought that maybe this was grub damage - because it wasn't responding to water - but after digging up the turf and having a look, all I saw was worms. No grubs. But, I also found a pretty shallow area of topsoil on top of gravel for our drywell.
I haven't done any sizeable Fall seeding projects, but based on the soil temperature, coupled with a forecast that called for a period of cooler temperatures and some rain, I thought that I'd take on trying to overseed a good portion of this area.
I first used my thatch rake to remove a lot of the dead material, then took out my manual aeration tool to create some holes. After doing a little bit of research, I decided to buy some seed that wasn't what I have in the front and back: Kentucky Blue Grass. Thanks to Ryan Knorr's YouTube videos, I decided to seek out a Tall Fescue mix at Home Depot. Here, below, is the 20# bag of seed I selected from Vigoro:
Made for Sun and Shade. Perfect for our yard.
Below is the makeup of the bag showing that it is 25% Penn ATF1258 Tall Fescue, 12% Greystone Tall Fescue and 12% Justice Tall Fescue. Now...this may TOTALLY be a mistake to overseed Tall Fescue with KBG, but I'm willing to roll the dice.
10 days ago, I put down the bag of seed and laid over some Compost and Turf Soil to create a bed for the seed to germinate. Here's what it looked like on day one below: