The BEST TIME FOR SEEDING is September. This time of year weeds are not germinating, cooler weather is approaching and fall rains are beginning. The next best time is March or early April, the disadvantage being that weeds, especially crabgrass, are becoming established at this time and compete for space with the new grass seedlings. Grass may be seeded May through August but watering and maintenance are more extensive.
Good SITE PREPARATION is essential, not only for successful seeding and establishment,
but for avoiding long term lawn care problems. If perennial weeds exist, treat the
entire area with glyphosate (Fertilome Kilz-
A SOIL TEST should be done before starting if possible (we can send your sample to
a lab for testing-
SOIL PREPARATION is a key step in getting your lawn established. Till the soil to
a depth of 4-
SEEDING: Measure your lawn area to be sown. The type of grass you desire will determine
the amount needed. Even distribution of seed is essential for good turf establishment. This
is best accomplished with a mechanical seeder. Apply half the seed in a north-
MULCH the newly seeded area with mulch. This will hold moisture, and protect the young seedlings, plus prevent erosion Be sure not to apply the straw too thick! Rule of thumb is to apply one bale of straw per 500 square feet. Apply the straw so you can barely see the soil through the straw, but no thicker.
MOW the grass when it reaches 3-
FERTILIZE again in 30 days after sowing with Fertilome New Lawn Starter.
TO RENOVATE A THIN LAWN mow the exsisting grass a close as possible. Dethatch the area with a power dethatcher. Rake up debris.
For information on starting a lawn using sod check out Heartland Turf Farms