My grass needs life support!!

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Date Photo Taken: June 2004; March 2012
Location: Sharpsburg, GA
Posted By: kimkimmy


My grass was this gorgeous full green when I bought my house 8 years ago! Now it looks like the other two pics… Half my problem is not even knowing what kind of grass it is. Anyone? Fescue maybe? The other half of my problem is not having a schedule or how to care for it, or even where to start to get it back to green. I’ve been told lime, but do I also need to reseed? And when? Help!


  1. buck Unregistered says:

    In the past 8 years that you have been there, has the light (sun or shade) changed in your yard? this could affect your grass.

    March 7th, 2012 at 9:41 pm
  2. Jimmy Unregistered says:

    Hey kimkimmy,

    I think you originally had fescue. In the middle picture I see some broadleaf weeds and crabgrass. From the top picture it looks like your yard gets a lot of sun (only one tree) but I can’t be certain. If your yard gets more than 6 hours of sun a day you can sod with zoysia which will be a lot less maintenance than fescue for you. But it will turn brown during the winter. If you’d like to regenerate your fescue, I would definitely start with lime (it’s cheap and every yard needs it just about). 40lbs/1000 sq feet. It looks like you haven’t tilled the yard in a while and you might want to hire someone to do that (about $100). Then as soon as possible, put down fescue seed and starter fertilizer according to the bags. Make sure you water 1 inch per week (more right at first). Then in September you’ll want to seed again with more lime and starter fertilizer. You’ll LOVE your lawn in the fall!!

    March 8th, 2012 at 5:17 am
  3. kimkimmy Registered says:

    hey buck and jimmy,
    it is definitely a full-sun lawn for most of the day, until about 4 in the afternoon, but it hasn’t changed much since I moved in. unfortunately, the damage is a result of neglect on my part…
    jimmy, I don’t have the resources to sod (the yard is huge), so are you saying I should lay down lime and immediately have someone till it into the soil? can I put down new seed right after that? I want to get the fescue started and give it a chance to get established before it gets too hot this summer. Ihave no problem watering to keep it up. thanks for all your advice!

    March 9th, 2012 at 9:54 am
  4. Katie Unregistered says:

    Ohh man, it looks like my yard in Roswell looked last year! We bought the house right after the drought and the grass was looking great, it was fescue but then a bermuda seed got in and the weeds took over and it all went to heck. I hired a local turf company and they tried to fix it but after a summer of trying to fix it they just said the only way it was going to improve in a hurry was to resod (which we did.) Before resoding we tried over seeding with fescue but it just didn’t want to take. I’d call the experts and see what they have to say about it. If the yard is getting a lot of sun you are going to have a hard time keeping the Fescue going come August, but maybe they will say to overseed or give you some ideas on fixing it without the expense of new sod. Additionally, I know they sell bermuda seeds (which would do better in the sun) so I’m not sure if seeding with Bermuda might be an option, although I stayed away from Bermuda just because it grows like wild! Good luck, I feel your pain on this one!

    March 30th, 2012 at 9:03 pm

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