Spring and Fall are great times to install your new lawn. Natural rainfall combined with 50+ degree soil temperatures are the perfect conditions for sowing seed. The following are general guidelines, though not every step may be applicable to your situation.
If the old lawn has not been removed, we recomend using a sod cutter to remove the existing lawn.
Run a rototiller over the area, loosening the soil 1-2 inches deep.
If the soil has a high clay content, we recommend rototilling in Turface Soil Conditioner at the rate of about 1 bag per 100-200 square feet.
Optional: Spread a weed-free compost 1 inch thick over the area to help improve the fertility of the soil. Lime may also be added at this time to achieve a pH of 6.5 to 7.0.
With a landscaping rake, remove large clods and irregularities in the grade.
Note: For larger areas a drag mat can speed this task.
Settle and compact the area with a water roller filled with sufficient weight to firmly compress the soil.
Note: The finished seedbed should be firm, not fluffy. You should be able to walk on your seedbed without sinking more than a quarter inch into the soil.
Seed and Fertilizer Application
Broadcast starter fertilizer at a rate of 10 lbs per 1000 square feet. This will provide nutrients in the correct amounts to get the lawn off to a fast start.
Our Pro Time 10-16-10 Starter fertilizer also provides a complete micronutrient package for long term health of the lawn.
Spread the Pro Time lawn seed you have chosen for your lawn at the recommended rate on the package with a hand-held whirlybird spreader or drop spreader.
Note: For large areas, a walk behind broadcast spreader will make the job go faster.
Completely cover the seedbed approximately 1/8″ deep with ProTime Grass Straw Mulch, applied through a mulch spreader. This helps to protect the seedlings and holds in warmth and moisture.