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overseed or fertilize??

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I am wondering at this time of year am i better off fertilizing or overseeding my yard. I have some spots in my lawn that are very thin, and most of it is thin. Which would i be better of doing? feeding the existing grass or trying to thicken up the lawn?

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Both. I aerate, overseed, and fertilize. For some thin areas I score up the soil, add a bit more seed, some starter fertilizer, and then cover with a thin layer of top soil. It takes about 7-10 days for the seed to germinate and it will grow for another month or so yet. The weather this week has been fantastic.

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Is it okay to overseed and fertilze at the same time? I always thought is was 1 or the other?

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Watch the individual products you buy. Some of those fertilizer/weed products are not to be used within 60-90 days of re-seeding. Each one will have its own issues so read the label on the individual product to make sure its ok. If you get a product thats not going to burn out your grass seed go for both.

Personally, I'd just lay on the seed and hit it with a light layer of 1-1-1 starter fertilizer.

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You can fertilize and seed together, but do not use a weed and feed combo because the "weed" portion can harm new grass seed.

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I think you want the fertilizer to have a nitrogen number below 13 to prevent burnin' out the seed. It's the middle number I believe. I aerated, dethatched, raked, mowed it short and fertilized right before I seeded. Then watered the heck out of it. So far so good.

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