Seeding Your Lawn: The Secret To
Having The Greenest Grass

seeding your lawnNo matter how well you look after your yard, there will always be areas that look less than their best. Grass is not just a single plant, but a network of individual plants, and there will always be some that don't survive. If a shrub, bush, or other plant dies off, it's obvious to get it replaced, so use that same logic with your turf. Adding seed to your lawn will give you the greenest grass possible by replacing those lost plants.

How to know if seeding is needed: Take a good long look at the lawn and look at it in small sections. Are there bare areas? Is it thin and sparse in spots? Are there tree roots sticking up where grass used to be? Or do you have a turf that's made up of warm season grasses that loses color and goes dormant in winter? If your answer is yes to any of these questions, you should be seeding your lawn to get back a lush green carpet.

Free seasonal remindersBest time: To fill in for a dormant warm weather grass and to give you great color through the winter, add an annual rye grass in the fall. Not only will it bring life to your yard in the cooler months, it will naturally die off when the warmth comes back and won't compete with your existing grass. To fill in a patchy yard, spring is best, although in fall, after the heat of summer has passed, is also a good time for seeding your lawn.

Getting set: Begin with prepping the ground. If the soil is compacted and/or there is a heavy thatch layer, you'll need to aerate first. Coring is one aeration method but is also a lot of work. Using a liquid aerator will penetrate the soil deeper and isn't as messy either. Mow your lawn short, down to 1 ½ inches, so sunlight will be able to reach the new seeds. Rake and clear all debris, including clippings. Add a thin layer of soil, if needed, especially where there are roots sticking up. Water thoroughly and you're set to start seeding your lawn.

And go! Be sure to have the right seed for your climate and yard, and carefully read the directions for overseeding. Fill the spreader with half the seed you need to use, and work your way up and down the area. Now, work with the second half of the seed, but working across the yard. Seat the seed firmly by raking it in, dressing with a thin layer of top soil, or with a roller half filled with water. Spray with a fine mist of water and use a liquid soil booster.

In a matter of days, your lawn will look greener and healthier! Keep off it as much as possible, and never let the surface dry out completely until the seedlings are strong. Keep them well fed by fertilizing after 5 weeks, and then again after 6 weeks. Seeding your lawn is the secret to keeping the grass greener on your side of the fence.

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