Spring is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to start thinking about lawn maintenance for the upcoming months. Reseeding your lawn may seem like a big job, but with the right tools and proper preparedness, it’ll be a breeze. In this entry, we’ll help you keep your lawn looking lush, green, and healthy for many months to come.
If your lawn is looking thin and brown, it’s time to reseed. The first step is to mow low – a bit lower than you normally would – and then rake off the clippings, dead grass, and debris. Next, loosen the soil to prepare it for seeding. Gently rake the grass, taking care not to damage living grass in the process.
The next step is to choose the right seed. This will vary depending on your soil acidity and locale, so talk to the folks at your local garden supply center to decide what kind of seed is best for your lawn. Here in Indiana, we tend to favor cold tolerant varieties such as bentgrass and fescue.
Next, spread the seed, either by hand or with a mechanical spreader. Apply a starter fertilizer to the freshly seeded area as well. Once you’ve spread the seed, gently rake the area again in order to help the seed penetrate the soil. Next, cover the area in a light layer of straw to promote moisture retention and give the seeds a base in which to develop their roots.
If you can, try to seed just prior to a rainfall. If the weather’s not on your side, take care to lightly water your lawn daily until the new seedlings blend with the rest of your lawn. Once the new grass has reached the length of the existing grass, the job is done. Just remember to keep up with routine maintenance, like mowing, aerating, and watering.
Need the right tools to get the job done? Give us a call, or come in today to get all the tools you’ll need to spruce up your home this spring.