Did I ruin my lawn? Please help!
First, I am sorry if this is the wrong place to ask this question, I don't mean to upset the order of things on this site...
I have lived in a building most of my life (I am only 25 now) so I have MUCH to learn about lawncare and gardening, so any suggestions are greatly appriciated.
This is my second growing season that I have been responsible for my very own peice of the earth, and I am really trying to make it beautiful, but it seems like the more research I do, the more I screw it up...
For example, last year, I tried to use "weed killer" on the weeds on my lawn (yes, VERY stupid, I know this now) needless to say, I had patches after that for the whole year. So, this year I tried to make up for it by overseeding and fertalizing the lawn at the beginning of May, which is what I read to do online. Problem is, I didn't consider the fact that there might still be some frosty evenings, and so I fear I may have already failed to make my lawn full again this year...
Here is what I did;
- Raked dead grass and thatch out of lawn.
- Heavily raked "spotted areas" where I killed the grass, and exposed the soil.
- Mowed the lawn fairly short.
- Raked again, this time disturbing the soil a bit.
- Applied a seed/fertalizer mix evenly with a push spreader.
- Applied more grass seed (just seed) with a push spreader.
- Watering often.
My big concern is, in the past week, the evenings and mornings have been frosty and a little chilly... have I just wasted all my time? Did the frost kill everything? Is there anything I can do while I still have time to save my lawn and have a chance to make it nice again this year?
I know this has most of you shaking your heads, and I am sorry I offended the green thumbs on this forum, but I am at a loss. I am too new at this to be any good, so if there is anyone out there that is sympathetic enough to guide me to success, I would be very grateful.
Thank you for your time and advice in advance!