Since our backyard has been a construction zone for most of the past two years we just gave up trying to put down grass seed. We spent a lot of time looking at piles of clay and dirt and dreaming about what our backyard would look like once we finished the construction.
Last fall we spent a lot of time leveling the construction debris and making it look like a backyard again. We spend a lot of money on grass seed. Some of the spots filled in nicely. Others required more work.
This spring we start putting down grass seed with mulch, grass seed alone, grass seed with special coatings, grass seed, well you get the picture. We've been putting down grass seed for months trying to take advantage of the abnormally warm weather. We water the seeds daily and keep filling in when bare spots develop.
As I walk through our yard staring at the gaping holes, I realize we might need a new approach. We haven't done any weed-and-feed yet this summer because we've been putting down grass seed. You cannot put down weed killer (which kills seeds) and grass seed at the same time. The result is that the clover and weeds have filled in some of the empty spaces quit nicely.
We might have to try a new approach to filling in our lawn's construction scars. I'm not sure what we're going to do, but since the grass seed has become the world's most expensive bird seed, it's time for a new approach.