How to Reseed a Lawn

Learn these quick steps on how to reseed a lawn because it should become a yearly task. Rarely do I recommend killing an existing lawn and starting from scratch. Most bad lawns can be turned around by working smart and frugally, rather than hard and expensively.

The best time to reseed a lawn is in the fall. However, spring is fine too. Here is what you need to do...

  1. Apply a weed and feed (preferably liquid).
  2. Wait two weeks and mow on the shorter side.
  3. Powerrake to remove thatch and debris.
  4. Buy seed suited to your area. Read labels. Avoid bargain seed.
  5. Sprinkle seed in the bare spot. Cover with straw, soil, or some other material to keep the seed in place.
  6. Water frequently. Keep the soil moist.
  7. After new seed germinates, apply a starter fertilizer.

*Note: None of these steps on how to reseed a lawn mention using pre-emergent weed control. Pre-emergents stop ALL seeds from germinating, including grass seed as well as weeds. This is a common mistake I see even landscapers make.

Within a season of normal lawn care, (ie: fertilizer, weed control, water, mow high), you should see a major improvement for a minor price.

Remember, it is vital that you continue with a chemical program to maximize your lawn. If you don’t have time to do it yourself, have a local lawn treatment company do it. You can sign up online for a free estimate.

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