Lawn Seeding

 

Whatever type of seeding is done, there are three important rules to follow when seeding a lawn: high quality seed should always be used; the seed has to make good contact with the soil; and enough water has to be supplied to assure germination and establishment.
 

Deciding On The Best Lawn Seeding System For You

 
Spot seeding
is a quick and easy way to repair things like ruts along driveways, areas worn by foot traffic, and small areas that have died for any reason. When spot seeding a lawn, use a stiff rake or potato hoe to cultivate the soil and break open the surface. Add additional soil if needed. Apply seed to the open seedbed and gently tamp down.

Overseeding a lawn broadcasts the seed over a large area. This works well when the lawn just needs a general “thickening up.” Overseeding can be done along with lawn aeration or by itself, but doesn’t work too well when there is a heavy thatch layer.

Lawn renovation is for lawns that have excessive thatch or are so thin that only a complete rebuild will get the lawn back on its feet. Lawn renovation can be done several ways: old sod can be removed with a sod cutter; the lawn can be de-thatched and seeded; or slice-seeding can be used. Slice-seeding (or verticut seeding) is probably the best for growing grass because it “drills” the seed into the soil without having to remove a large amount of thatch.

Early fall is preferred because seed can germinate faster in the warm soil and continue to establish itself through the cooler weather of fall and winter. There’s also more natural water in the fall so less sprinkling is needed.
Whatever time of year you choose for seeding your lawn, remember to keep the seed moist until you have good germination. Sprinkle lightly several times a day during hot weather until the grass is 1” tall. Also avoid any type of weed control until the new grass has been mowed 4 or 5 times.

NEW SEEDINGĀ  7-10 LBS. / 1000 SQ. FT.

OVERSEEDINGĀ  3.5 -5 LBS / 1000 SQ FT