When a poor lawn has the proper grade and 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 your preferred Pro Time Lawn Seed mixture for the area. There are seed mixes for every kind of situation--sun, shade, high-traffic, water conservation, ecology, etc. Check the recommended application rate for that mix. Determine the square footage by measuring length by width.
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.
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, removing only one-third or less of the new growth.