Preparing Your Lawn for Grass Seed

In the event you’re overseeding an existing lawn you’ll want to mow your grass as short as possible. If you have any bare spots in your lawn you’ll want to loosen the soil to promote germination in those areas. Next you’ll want to remove any dead grass or debris that has collected. If you have any low spots or have water collecting now is a good time to level these spots with a grader or even fill with some dirt or sand depending on the situation.

Another excellent but not necessary step is to aerate the lawn. Spreading the seed with a broadcast spreader will promote the most even spread of grass seed, however any spreader will work. You’ll want to ensure you don’t allow more than about 16 seeds per square inch of soil. This will cause the seeds to fight for space and nutrients and will result in seedlings dying off and will produce thin spot in your lawn. Even seeding your bare spots by hand is acceptable.

A light application of starter fertilizer is recommended to promote the health of your lawn as it germinates. It is recommended to cover any bare spots to keep the seed from washing away. Just make absolutely certain if you cover your bare spots with hay that all the seed heads have been removed, otherwise you’ll have a hay field in your front lawn come the spring.

The most important step of the process is to ensure you keep the roots moist. You’ll want to water for shorter periods of time but more frequently. Keeping the seed and roots moist will enhance the germination of the grass seed.

Comments

  1. I was shown there is a easy way to fill in bare spots in lawns. It has a name like vertigrow or something like that. Anyway, you place this cellulose stuff on the bare spots and the grass seed is already in this cellulose stuff. I watched a gardener do this on a troubled lawn that was ruined by dogs in the back yard. Does anyone know what the real name of this cellulose stuff is? I have lost track of that gardener and can’t remember what it was called.

  2. Nauman Khan says:

    I live in Houston and i have a combination of Bermuda and St augustine grass in my yards. I also have some bare spots (thansk to the dogs), but my question is when should I start the first application of fertilizer? and would it be better to aerate the lawn before the first application?.

  3. Nauman Khan says:

    I live in Houston and i have a combination of Bermuda and St augustine grass in my yards. I also have some bare spots (thanks to the dogs), but my question is when should I start the first application of fertilizer? and would it be better to aerate the lawn before the first application?.

  4. I live in San Antonio Texas and I am planing to over seed my lawn(Bermuda Grass) this spring I have small weeds popping up already should I use a weed and feed or a pre- emergent and if so how long should I wait after the treatment of a weed and feed or pre emergent product should I wait

  5. I live in Southern California and my lawn is DEAD. What should I do in order to get it to start growing again? I know watering is a must, but do I need to seed and fertilize or is there any chance that if I only give it water the grass will come back? Thanks!

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