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8 days, and grass seed hasn't germinated yet

14 years ago

I live in central PA. I overseeded my small lawn on Sunday, October 5th. Since then, I've been watering in the morning and early evening (5-10 minutes at a time), trying my best to keep it moist. But now, 8 days later, and there's no sign of germination. Am I screwed, or does it really take this long in October?

It's been cool at night, but it's been getting into the 60's and 70's during the day. I don't remember what the exact seed blend is, but it's a mix of Bluegrass, rye, and fescue. And the lawn has a mix of sunny and shady spots, but they're all acting the same.

Also -- does fertilizer have a major impact on grass seed germination, or does that not really come into play until the seed starts to grow? In other words, should I be fertilizing right now, or is it best to wait?

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