Patchy Lawn, Seed it now!

Patchy Lawn, Seed it now!

We often have a lot of questions this time of year on whether it is okay to spread grass seed in the fall.  The best time to seed a lawn is spring or fall when the temperatures are cooler, causing less stress for the new seedlings

If you would like to thicken up your lawn, fill in a few patches, or have a large area to seed, get started today.  Here is what you need to do:

Prepare your space:  If you have a lot of dead grass in your lawn, it is best to rake that out.  The grass seed needs contact with the soil to grow.  In some cases (when seeding a large area or if seeding in poor soil), it is great to add quality soil or compost for desired results.

Apply your seed: The first thing to do is get a quality seed.  We like coated seeds that protect the seedling from drying out!  Application of seed can be done by hand, with a hand spreader, or with a walk behind spreader.  Whenever you seed, know that more seed in an area does not guarantee a thicker lawn.  We recommend following the seeding square footage on the package of seed to ensure the best results.  The new seedlings will suffer if there is too much competition for space, nutrients, water, and sunlight.

Caring for your seed: Unfortunately applying the seed is not enough to make it grow.  Make sure to water the seed (gently) at least once per day until the grass is 2 inches in length.  It is best to water in the morning to allow the grass to dry before dark to prevent diseases in your lawn.  If over-seeding an existing lawn, watering daily will likely not be necessary.  For more tips on watering, click here.

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  1. Greetings from Florida! I’m bored to tears at work so I decided to browse your site on my i-phone during lunch break.
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    • Culver's Garden Experts

      Thanks Eddie! We appreciate the great feedback! If you have topics you would like to see covered, just let us know! 🙂

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