Unsure of what to from now until spring
I bought a house with a bad lawn.
I mowed high all summer. 10 days ago I mowed short, hand dethatched 2000 sq ft, mowed again and bagged thatch. Topdressed with thin layer of peat moss, and overseeded with 15 lbs of i think k31 fescue. We have had rain, or i have watered and temperatures have mostly been 70s to 50s. Some germination is happening, not sure how to tell if it is the majorit of he seed or just some.
I have been told i will need to mow in 2 to 4 weeks, and that i should sharpen my mower blade so i dont yank the seedlings out as i mow.
Also, that i should fertilize with a starter fertilizer when i mow and one time later t his fall.
I have found both alfalfa and soy meal locally for $11/50 lbs and would like to fertilize with one of those, which should i use and why?
Also, i have 11large oak trees that are going to drop huge volumes of leaves on my front yard very soon. My mower has a mulching blade, is that the same as a mulching mower? How deep of a layer of mulched leaves can i allow to sit on top my very young grass?
Also, can i use my leaf blower to get the leaves that are already beginning to fall on my sprouting grass? Will bending the new grass break it? Everyone warns not to walk on it, and warns not to leave leaves laying on it. Who knew grass needed to be coddled so!
Thanks for any help and advice!