Tips from Toby: Looking to bring back your lawn? It may need feed instead of seed

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Before you go out and spend a lot of money on grass seed and renting equipment, just listen to your lawn. It's saying feed me... feed me... feed me!

As the overnight temperatures are getting cooler and we move toward Fall, this Summer's heat wave is closer to being in our rearview mirror. You might be tempted to run out and throw a bunch of grass seed down, but believe it or not, you could be doing more harm than good.

If your lawn was in pretty good shape before the drought, and it's just gone dormant, most of it will come back, if not all of it. Overseeding just means you'll be planting too much grass and that's not a good thing.


The best thing to do right now is to give your lawn some fertilizer and water. There's a fertilizer called Fall Lawn Starter that will jump start your dormant or starving lawn back to life. Good fertilization and watering is going to bring your lawn back to a healthy state.

If your lawn has gone completely dormant, it is best to mow short - to about an inch and a half - and bag the grass to cut off the top crown and expose the new healthy turf below. You'll want to fertilize and then water at least an inch and a half per week, or hope we get some good rain soon.

In just a matter of weeks you'll start seeing that old lawn coming back to life. You can spot spray for weeds now, and during the time your lawn is growing back.

We'll talk next week about what to do if you need to seed your lawn, but our best advice right now is give it some food and be patient! Alas, to seed or not to seed - that is the question. Tune in next week for the answer.

That's it I'm Toby Tobin. See you next week!

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