Reseeding Your Lawn
Is your lawn looking thin and brown and does it have bare spots where the weeds died? Well Scotts can help you get back to the thick, lush, green lawn you’ve always wanted and all you need to do is reseed? If you put down a layer of seed over your lawn in the spring or fall, all the thin areas start growing grass, and your lawn starts to look terrific again.
Over time, grass does get old and needs to be replaced. Worn-out lawns invite weeds. Reseeding is a fast, inexpensive way to help bring your lawn back to its lush, green, healthy self without tearing everything out and starting over. It’s also a great way to introduce a new type of grass. If you live in the south, you may want to reseed your bermudagrass lawn with perennial rye grass for a green winter lawn.
When to Reseed
The best time to seed your lawn is in the fall. The soil is still warm but the air is cooler. There are fewer weeds for new grass to compete against. Since your trees are starting to shed their leaves, there’s plenty of sunlight. Also, diseases that attack seedlings are less active. If you can’t seed in the fall, your next best time is the spring.
For seeding, you’ll want to cut your grass a little lower than normal. Also, remove the clippings. This will allow the grass seeds to get down to the ground more easily.
Help the Seed Settle in by Amending the Soil
It’s a good idea to rake in a thin layer of enriched soil over your lawn. Don’t put so much down that you kill your grass; less than a quarter of an inch is plenty. Scotts® Turf Builder® Seeding Soil works well for this purpose.
Choose the Right Seed
What seed you choose depends on where you live and what problem is making your lawn thin in the first place. For instance, if your lawn is shady, choose a shade-tolerant seed. If kids play in your yard, choose a variety that can stand up to foot traffic. For best results, look for a grass seed that’s 99.99% weed-free. An example is Scotts® Turf Builder® Grass Seed. The people at your neighborhood garden center can help you choose the seed that’s right for your lawn.
Spread the Seed
You’ve cut the lawn a little shorter. You’ve removed the clippings and amended the soil. Now comes the easy part. Just fill up your spreader with grass seed and go. Be sure to follow the instructions on your seed bag.
Feed and Water
To get seedlings the essential nutrients they need for fast growth, spread Scotts® Starter® Fertilizer. Gently rake the seed and fertilizer into the soil. Keep the soil moist for 7-14 days or until the seedlings are 2 inches tall.
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