After a summer of mowing, watering, edging, and weeding, it’s pretty frustrating when your lawn looks thin and worn out. Heat, foot traffic, and drought really take their toll on grass. The good news is that it’s easy to make your lawn thick and lush by reseeding.
The Scotts Miracle Grow Company offers some great advise on how to keep your lawn looking lush and green. 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 bermuda grass lawn with perennial rye grass for a green winter lawn.
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. The people at your neighborhood garden center can help you choose the seed that’s right for your lawn.
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.
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.To get seedlings the essential nutrients they need for fast growth, spread a fertilizer, like 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.
For more information, visit Scotts’ The Questions People Ask Most About Grass Seed for expert answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about planting grass seed.