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Making Your Lawn Bloom or Filling In Your Patchy Lawn

Making Your Lawn Bloom or Filling In Your Patchy Lawn

1. Tending your lawn. Prior to overseeding, you need to prepare the soil to receive the new seeds. Here, you need to cultivate first. The Cornell University Cooperative Extension recommends removing cores of soil, spiking and vertical mowing as part of a lawn preparation regimen. Spiking is a type of aerator that uses spikes to dig in and loosen soil.

2. When the Leaves Have Fallen. If you did not overseed your lawn before the leaves began to change and fall, your best bet is to simply wait until all the leaves have dropped and have been cleared from your lawn. This effort will ensure two things: that the lawn has been properly raked and aerated, and that the seeds will make contact with the soil. Some grasses, however, including fescue must be seeded in September notes the Kansas State Research and Extension. Consider dormant seeding if the window for reseeding in your area has closed.

3. Overseed according to instructions. Each grass seed manufacturer determines the amount of seed you will need to help your lawn take hold. When buying grass seed, choose the right type of grass for your lawn. Then, choose the overseeding rate to determine how much seed to apply.

4. Fertilizing your lawn. To produce the greenest lawns, you need to fertilize it regularly. You can do this once per year or you can follow a regimen developed by Scott’s for your lawn. Apply your last fertilizer just before winter to strengthen its roots and to enable it to quickly green in the spring.

5. Watering your lawn. Fall tends to bring more rain than summer, thus you can typically receive a natural replenishment of your lawn with rain water instead of using your sprinkler system or a hose. Monitor rainfall amounts in your area to ensure that your emerging lawn is getting coverage.