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Overkill!!!!

I've commited lawn suicide by applying 4 TIMES too much 'weed, feed and seed' to my lawn. Even though i knew the tub covered 80sqm and my lawn is roughly 20sqm, i ended up with none left!

It's certainly sloved the problem of all the moss as it's died off, however it looks horrendus. Very brown and the grass thats left looks very dry. The soil is still nice and damp however.

It looks recoverable but i'm unsure of the best way forward. It was a little over 3 weeks ago when i applied the 'weed, feed and seed'. The soil is very compact but drainage isnt a problem, i've aerated the area once vertically and once horizontally then gave it a good watering simply because the grass looked so dry. These steps may well be the worst thing or the best thing i cojuld have done i really don't kknow!!

Does anyone have any suggestions as to how i could recover my lawn? For the sake of 20sqm, i've considered re-turfing if it doesnt look better in a couple of weeks.

Thanks

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  • Busy Bee2Busy Bee2 Posts: 1,005

    I had one of those hand shaker distributors and the lid fell off, depositing a small hill of weed and feed on our lawn.  Tried frantically to get it all off, but to no avail - we ended up with a bald patch for a year.  Eventually it has grown over, but it took its time.  Wasn't even any point re-seeding it, cos I doubted new seed would care to grow on contaminated ground, any more than a newborn baby would want to drink vodka!  I would say wait and see.  Watering will leach the chemicals into the soil and wash them away in time.  This year I bought a lawn spreader, but even with that I'm not sure if I've overkilled, cos I didn't really know how big the spreading holes should be set at.  The broadleaves are blackening up already, so presume it works dry, as I don't think it has rained since I applied it.  I think in general, the effects of using it are often that the weeds and moss die before the grass perks up, so there is a tendency for things to look worse before they look better.  I didn't use any W & F last year, just dug stuff out, but our footie pitch has been reclaimed from an area of very deep-rooted weed problems, with lots of seeds flying in from the land we haven't yet reclaimed as garden, so this year I have had to return to using it - just don't have the time to deal with such a massive area of grass by hand. 

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,851

    Cut it,remove all clippings,water very well, and hope.

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    My OH has done a similar thing in error Domino, I have just asked him and he said lots and lots of watering to dilute the 'stuff'.  He did once have to cut a small patch out that was very badly damaged as he dropped the box and spilled it!!  The other time though he did manage to recover it with lots of water......just a good job we don't have a hosepipe ban yet image

    Fingers crossed you sort it and have a lovely green lawn soon image

  • Domino04Domino04 Posts: 2

    Thanks guys. I half expected a lambasting for being rather dumb!! So thanks for the positive and helpful feedback. I've watered again this morning and will continue to do so over the course of the next few days. Fingers crossed.......

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,025

    Watering it lots will help dilute it and, although it's few weeks ago since you applied it, that's the best approach. It will recover Domino - it might take a little time. I've overdone the stuff in the past too - it's an easy mistake to make.

    Just do a rain dance - I can send you some - plenty of the stuff here! image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


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