Lawn and Landscaping- what fertilizer and what should we use?

We have some bare spots with tree roots sticking out in many areas and with Crabgrass moving in, the previous owner never raked the lawn so the lawn is thick with dead grass and grass is trying to grow through. What should we do and when should we use Fertilizer? Thank you for helping in this matter.

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  • Barbara Baldwin Barbara Baldwin on Nov 28, 2017
    Fertilize in spring and fall. Find a thatching rake to pull out the dead grass. Be diligent pulling the crab grass..
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Nov 28, 2017
    You can cut out around the tree,and possibly use a edging,smother out the grass with carbide,newspapers and heavy plastic. Fertilizing the lawn is done in 6 to 8 weeks intervals.Not knowing your location I cannot recommend your first application which is a crab grass pre-emergent
  • Lisa S. Lisa S. on Nov 28, 2017
    Crab grass preventive in the spring. Scotts makes a good one. Eliminated my problem. You can put down fertilizer now - it will be labeled as such. Scotts makes a good one.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Nov 28, 2017
    Do you know when your fertilizing program starts.Long Island is most likely different.Do not attempt any chemicals at this point,the crab grass should have already died down.To make it easier to pull out now apply Hot boiling water,and as stated before line the area with newspaper,cardboard and heavy black plastic so next year you will have a handle on the situation
  • Barbara Baldwin Barbara Baldwin on Nov 29, 2017
    A nonbroadleaf spray will kill your grass, too.
  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on Dec 17, 2020

    I would check with a local nursery or landscaping company. Nurseries will give you free info. Landscapers may give you free or low cost suggestions.

  • Deb K Deb K on May 09, 2021

    Hi Ken, start by dethatching the lawn, you can use a thatching rake for this, or a dethatching blade on your mower

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