Prepare the soil by tilling to a depth of 4-6 inches. Conduct a
soil test to be sure your soil has the proper nutrients it needs
for a healthy lawn. Apply fertilizer and lime at the recommended
rates. If you are unable to conduct a soil test, apply lime and
a complete lawn fertilizer according to the recommended rates on
the packages. Work lime and fertilizer evenly into the soil,
then rake the soil surface smooth to give the seed an ideal bed
in which to establish healthy roots. Sow the grass seed by
evenly spreading according to the recommended seeding rates.
Rake, harrow or otherwise work the seed into the soil ⅛" deep.
Keep the area well-watered until the seeds germinate and the
seedlings have grown sufficiently to establish a lawn, then
water as needed.
Overseeding or Reseeding
Before overseeding, it is important to prepare the soil. Conduct
a soil test to be sure your lawn has the proper balance of
nutrients. Fertilize and lime if needed. Mow or clip the
existing grass as closely as possible. Remove clippings and
rake, harrow lightly or aerate the soil where there is existing
lawn. This will allow the new seed to make contact with the
soil. Sow the seed and gently rake to cover. Keep the lawn moist
until seedlings are established, then water as needed.
Rid your lawn of undesirable grasses following the steps below
so that you can establish a desirable lawn:
- During any growing
season, spray the established undesirable turf with a
nonselective herbicide labeled for lawn use. Follow the
directions on the label.
- After the lawn turns
brown, continue with your seeding program as outlined above.
Be sure to start with a soil test or a complete lawn
Improving Bare Spots
Mow your lawn closely, then remove leaves, dead grass, etc.
Rake, harrow lightly or aerate the bare spots to prepare the
seedbed. Conduct a soil test to be sure the soil has the proper
balance of nutrients. Fertilize and lime if needed.