(Atlantic) The recent rains and cooler temperatures have given new life to southwest Iowa’s’ parched lawns. So what about those remaining brown patches? Bill Drey, a Southwest Iowa Master Gardner says chances are those brown spots are dead and now would be a perfect time to spread some new seed.
“You need to think about re-seeding those spots in your lawn right now because this is the ideal time to get that done ahead of the normal first killing frost date of October 9 or 10th, “stated Drey.
The type of seed to use depends on the location of the dead spot.
“If you are in a shady area you should seed down a fine fescue otherwise there are a lot of grass mixtures that work well,” Drey said. “Most lawns are made up of blue grass so a combination of blue grass seed would work well.”
Drey says those areas that died probably lacked a good root system to begin with.
September 20, 2012