Lawn care is not an exact science. While there are things you can follow to increase your chances of a thick, green lawn, there are other factors that can affect how your lawn looks. Harsh weather, pets and kids can all cause your lawn to wear out and have some bald patches. When this happens, it is time to shore the grass. Here’s how to reseed your lawn in 10 easy to follow steps.
Reseeding is a great way to help the grass recover and get thicker. It also helps rejuvenate bare or brown spots.
Here’s how to do it.
How to Reseed Your Lawn
1. Test Your Soil
The first step is to figure out what’s causing your lawn to look sluggish. If it’s external forces like animals peeing on it or a lot of foot traffic, then you’ll need to find a way to keep them away.
Besides the external forces, you’ll also want to test your soil. Soil quality is very important because it’s where the grass and other plants grow. If you don’t have rich soil that’s suitable for growing, all the watering and fertilizing won’t help.
The easiest way to do this is with a soil analysis kit. These cost about $15 to $25. And, all you need is to get a plug of soil from your lawn to test.
The test results will quickly tell you if your soil is in good condition. If not, it will give you a clue as to what to do next.
2. Get Rid of Dead Plants
Next, it’s time to do some yard cleaning. A rake and some garden gloves are great for this task. The goal is to get rid of all the dead plants because they not only look ugly, they also hamper new growth.
Additionally, plants that aren’t growing well also take up space in your yard.
3. Improve Your Soil
Once you’re done removing the dead plants and weeds, it’s time to get to work on the soil. Depending on what the soil analysis results say, you’ll be able to take the first steps there.
If the soil pH is the problem, you have a couple of options. One is to choose the types of plants suitable for the pH you have. Another is to try to fix the pH levels so it balances out.
In this step, you’re ready to condition the soil and also smoothen it. The conditioner will help make the soil grow grass better. Meanwhile, smoothing the soil allows for better seed germination.
4. Till the Soil
When you’re ready, it’s time to do some manual labor. Tilling entails work because you’ll need to rake the soil. If you have a small lawn or want to save money, using a rake can get the job done. Raking does require a lot more physical work on your part.
For medium to larger lawns, we recommend renting a tiller. These will make the tilling process so much quicker. And, you won’t need to exert as much muscle as you would raking.
5. Add Fertilizer
Once the ground is loosened, it’s time to apply fertilizer. After you put the fertilizer on the surface, you’ll need the rake again to level the land. This will help even things out so that grass growth is well distributed.
If you have a small lawn, you can do this manually. Although, we do recommend using a spreader. This makes your job a lot easier. And, the fertilizer will help kick start growth by providing the grass with the nutrients they need to grow.
6. Choose the Seeds You Like for Your Lawn
For this stage, you’ll need to make your choice of grass seed. Depending on where you live and what kind of grass you’d like to have in your yard, that’s the one you go for.
Do note that the mixture you buy should be well-suited for your environment. This will depend on the type of soil and weather you have.
Once you’ve decided on the type you want, you can purchase the grass seed mixture. If at any point you’re not sure of what to select, don’t hesitate to ask the garden center. They always have an expert around ready to help customers make decisions.
7. Spread the Seeds
Once you have the seeds, it’s time to mix the seed with your fertilizer. Make sure not apply too much seed or else you won’t be able to get the best results.
Also, it’s important to choose the time when you want to plant. Spring is usually a good time because that’s when the weather is optimal for growth. If you missed the spring, try skipping the summer where plants have a harder time growing because of the heat and humidity.
In this situation, start late summer when the weather is starting to cool off. This will give you better climate for your grass to grow
8. Add Mulch
Once you’ve spread the seeds, it’s important to protect them from the environment. Once way to do this is to use mulch. Mulch helps protect the surface so that the grass and seeds don’t experience too much intense heat. It also helps keep the environment moist so they don’t dry out.
9. Water Your Lawn Regularly
Once everything is set, it’s time to start caring for your lawn. Direct sunlight is a good thing to have. But, you’ll also want to water regularly. Ideally, you want to water lightly when the seed is young. Once the grass gets to about an inch high, its time to increase the amount until they get to 3 inches tall.
10. Mow for the First Time
Finally, it’s time to mow your lawn. But, don’t be in a hurry to do so. It’s important not to mow your lawn too early because cutting the grass places stress on the plants. That reduces their ability grow properly.
Ideally, you want to wait until the grass has gotten to 3 inches high before starting to mow. And, when you mow, make sure not to cut too much off the top.
You want to cut only the top third of the grass. And, always do so with a mower that has sharp blades.