My front yard lawn looks terrible. I don't like using chemicals that come from the lawn care companies. I'm trying to fix it myself. I put grass seed in the bare patches and in early spring it covered the bare spots but niow I have planted it twice and it is not growing. Also there are a good deal of weeks. Does it make sense to use weed and feed products or fertilizer at this time of year? Can you recommend a sure fire way for the grass to grow at this point in the summer? Thanks
No weed and feed or fertilizers are recommended in the summer. Turf type tall fescues go dormant in the hot summer months. It would be very difficult to grow grass now. You can install sod now but you would have to keep it watered until established and do proper site preparation. See the publication below.
You did not mention what type of grass you have. Turf type tall fescue is the recommended turf grass species for our area, most drought tolerant, and least prone to pests and diseases. It grows best in full sun to part shade. Fine fescues grow best in part shade to shady areas.
If you have over 50% weeds, we recommend that you consider lawn renovation late summer to early fall and fertilize at that time. See our publication for step by step information. Begin with a soil est. Results will give pH, liming, and nutrient deficiencies. http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/soils/soil-testing
See our publication for care of turf during the year. http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG112_Turfgrass_Main...