mesh in my lawn burning out lawn mowers

Asked February 19, 2013, 7:32 PM EST

had lawn reseeded and mesh netting was laid down also. no grass came up only weeds. nevertheless the weeds needed to cut. what can i do to avoid getting mesh in the blades of my mower and destroying another one? should I put more dirt on top of what's there in hopes of not running into any more of this mesh crap? I need solutions that will work...I have no clue on how to fix this mess...help! Mary W. p.s. the yard looks like a field.I did not put this seed down nor the mesh a septic company did that.

Oakland County Michigan

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@font-face { font-family: "Times New Roman"; }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }a:link, span.MsoHyperlink { color: blue; text-decoration: underline; }a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed { color: purple; text-decoration: underline; }table.MsoNormalTable { font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; } I’m sorry to hear you are having so much trouble. Unfortunately, you will probably have to start all over. You can seed or reseed a lawn without using a mesh. If this mesh is not biodegradable (such as plastic), and is not being held flat to the soil surface by plant growth, you will need to either remove it, or top dress it with compost/soil mix, or manually pin it down with landscape pins (preferably biodegradable ones). Your mower should be set to mow a height of 3 inches or higher. The seed may not have germinated for one, or more, of several reasons. If it was put down when it was too cold in the fall, then whatever seed is still there may germinate in the spring when the soil temperature warms to about 50-65 degrees. If it was put down and not watered 1-3 times per day until the seed started growing, the seed would have failed- you will need to put more seed down. If the soil was not prepped correctly, so that the seed could make good contact with the soil—you will need to put more seed down. If the seed was old, it had a poor germination rate and failed. If none of the seed comes up in the spring (be sure to give it enough time once the soil is warm), you can apply a herbicide, such as glyphosate, to kill as many weeds as possible. Read the label and follow the instructions for whatever you choose to use. You will have to wait a period of 1-2 weeks before the weeds are killed- this will be specified on the herbicide label. Do Not use a ‘season-long’ product or your grass seed won’t germinate. Then reseed by following the guidelines in the article here---http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/horticulture/dg5775.html Once the grass seed germinates and is 3 ½ to 4 inches high it is time for the first mowing. You can mow without the mower pulling the mesh up. 5-6 weeks after grass seed has germinated, you can apply a herbicide to prevent weeds. Here is a reference discussing mesh when reseeding lawns from Greg Stack, Horticulturalist of Univ. of Illinois Extension: “One of the better ways to provide protection for new seed as well as a good germination environment is to use one of the many seed mats available a many garden centers. These are made of grass like material in a mesh that is rolled over the seeded area and tacked down with biodegradable pegs. The mat is laid over the seeded area after seeding and then is watered. The mats protect the seed as well as keeping the soil moist for better germination. It does not have to be taken up after the grass comes up and is left in place.” This may be why your service used a mesh. However, it is not necessary to use one. The most critical factors are quality seed that matches your growing conditions, soil prep, and proper watering. I hope this helps you. Please write us again if you need more help. Thank you for using our service. Other references that can help you: http://www.turf.msu.edu/purchasing-quality-turfgrass-seed-read-the-label www.turf.msu.edu www.msuturfweeds.net