Fall is a great time to over-seed a lawn. The following instructions lay out an easy way to renovate your lawn this fall that will have a lasting impact all season long. While not every step may be necessary in every area, I think these steps lay out a good general idea of what we recommend when you renovate your lawn this fall.
When a poor lawn has the proper grade and a well-drained soil, it can be more easily improved through renovation, rather than complete reconstruction.
Spring and fall are ideal times to renovate a lawn, although success can be achieved in the summer. Renovation involves the removal of thatch, grass and weeds, while thinning the lawn down to the soil to permit the introduction of improved varieties of grasses like those found in ProTime Lawn Seed Mixes.
The result is a beautiful, uniform new lawn without roto-tilling.
1. Select the proper ProTime Lawn Seed mixture for the area. You will need 7-10 lbs per 1000 square feet.
2. Use a dethatcher (power rake) to remove dead vegetation and to expose the soil. Rake up excess as needed.
3.Core-aerate the area. This is an important step because it enables soil enrichment. Remove the cores after core-aerating.
4.Broadcast an organic based fertilizer while the aeration holes are exposed.
5.Backfill the holes with Turface MVP to improve the soil structure.
6.Rake the area with a landscape rake until smooth.
7.Broadcast a starter fertilizer and lime.
8. Spread the seed with a drop, broadcast, or hand-held whirlybird spreader.
9.Cover the seed with grass straw mulch applied through the mulch roller.
Note: One pass will deliver the proper amount of mulch and will provide the perfect micro-climate for seed germination.
11.Keep the area moist, but not soaking, throughout the germination and establishment period.
Expect to see new grass blades emerging in 7-14 days. Mow the new lawn when it reaches 3-4 inches.
The selected varieties of lawn seed in ProTime Lawn Seed are your assurance of a picture perfect lawn that will thrive and persist for years to come in our Northwest climate.