In most parts of North America fall is the ideal time to reseed the lawn. Beginning in late August and stretching until early to mid-September the climate is in prime condition for this lawn care project. Whether you are simply rejuvenating a patchy yard or starting a brand new lawn, the conditions of autumn are ideal.
As the evenings begin to cool off leaving sunny, less heat intensive days your grass seed will have the optimum chance to grow before the dormant season arrives. Fall is also excellent weather to work in, without as much danger of the heat or sunstroke that is found in summer, which is good news for you.
5 Steps to Reseeding the Lawn
Step 1 - Prep Work
Your lawn will need to be raked thoroughly before any seeds are sown. This will help to pinpoint any areas that are in particular need of reseeding, as well as remove the thatch build up and any other surface materials.
Use a strong broom rake for the first round, covering the entire lawn with even strokes. The flat teeth of the broom rake will catch leaves, rocks and twigs. After using the broom rake grab a double-duty or multi-use rake to dethatch the lawn. This removal will make the bare and patchy spots very noticeable, allowing you to get the best seed coverage and penetration.
Step 2 - Getting the Soil Ready
Now that you can see the bare spots, the soil needs to be loosened and fertilized. Dig down 1 to 6 inches with a cultivator - the more traffic that flows through the area, the deeper you'll need to loosen. For heavy traffic patches mix in peat moss to maintain good drainage.
Once the soil has been loosened it's time to add fertilizer. Use a type and amount that suits your soil conditions and the exposure of the lawn. Rake the loose and fertilized soil flat.
Step 3 - Time to Spread the Seed
With a high quality seed that is made for the conditions of your lawn (for shade, sun, slopes, etc.), spread the seed by hand. Coverage should be even but light - too much seed is wasteful and won't produce a thicker lawn. Once the seed is spread, lightly mist the area with your hose.
Step 4 - Protective Layer
For protection and to speed up germination, spread a layer of clear polyethylene plastic sheets on top of the reseeded area. Weigh down the sheets with rocks or other small, heavy objects around the edge. This protective layer also acts as a moisture retainer, eliminating the need to continuously water for those first few days.
Step 5 - Seedlings Need Water
When you see the seedlings sprouting through the soil remove the plastic. Otherwise the protection will end up stifling growth. With the sheets off, be sure to lightly mist the soil two or three times per day until the seedlings reach a height of 1 inch. After that weekly watering is required until the grass is 3 inches tall.
Complete these five easy steps to enjoy a full, healthy lawn come springtime.Posted by: TrustedPros