To keep your lawn looking lush, you should reseed it each year. Spots and worn areas naturally occur over time, but reseeding promotes thicker and healthier grass. Use these effective guidelines to reseed your lawn.
Many people attempt to reseed by scattering seeds on the surface and applying a layer of fertilizer. The downside of this approach is that much of the seed gets eaten by birds, and the seeds that remain are potentially harmed by the chemicals.
Before reseeding, it's important to consider why you need to make improvements to that specific area. If soil is deficient there, then reseeding will not result in nicer grass. In addition, if you don't properly maintain your lawn with appropriate mowing and watering, growing new grass will only create a labor intensive cycle.
Assess your grass before buying new seeds as all grasses are not alike. It's important to choose grass seed that is native to your region and suited to the soil and climate conditions. Never buy inexpensive seed to fill in your lawn. The end result will be patchy grass that does not grow well together. Consult a garden center about the type of grass you have, and if necessary, take a 3 to 4 inch section of it as a sample.
Buy high quality seed from a reputable garden center with a combination of grasses in the blend.
Plant your new seed during the fall before the first frost. New grass is very sensitive to sun, and summer season may damage the grass before it has a chance to get established. In some cases, you should seed in the spring after the last frost. If your lawn is very shady or you have a great deal of damage, reseed during this time of year.
For large spots that need reseeding, aerate your soil before reseeding using a rented aerator from a garden center. Over time, soil gets compacted, preventing water and nutrients from reaching the roots. Breaking up the soil will improve its ability to drain and it will encourage beneficial insects to inhabit the area.
Rake the area well to remove thatch in the form of dead grass and weeds. Then, conduct a pH analysis on your soil and add humus or other nutrients to it based on your results. Finally, fertilize your lawn a few weeks before reseeding.
Ask a lawn professional how much seed you need. Applying too much can be detrimental to growth because new seeds compete for space and nutrients. Seeds vary greatly, and experts can give best advice depending on the surface area and type of grass. Put straw on top of new seed to ground it.
Water the area well for two to three weeks to encourage rooting. Once new seed is established, continue that watering schedule until you have mowed it two or three times. After that, reduce watering. Avoid walking on reseeded areas.
Mow your lawn so that it is two to three inches tall. Keep the mower blades sharp and avoid cutting down by more than one-third.