How and When to Reseed Lawn Grass

Revive Your Lawn by Overseeding

Is your lawn looking thin and brown? Well, Scotts can help you get back to the thick, lush, green lawn you’ve always wanted and all you need to do is reseed. If you put down a layer of seed over your lawn in the spring or fall, all the thin areas start growing grass, and your lawn starts to look terrific again.

Why Overseed?

Over time, grass does get old and needs to be replaced. Worn-out lawns invite weeds. Overseeding is a fast, inexpensive way to help bring your lawn back to its lush, green, healthy self without tearing everything out and starting over. It’s also a great way to introduce a new type of grass. If you live in the south, you may want to overseed your bermudagrass lawn with rye grass, like Scotts® Turf Builder® Perennial Ryegrass Mix or Scotts® Turf Builder® Quick Fix® Mix in the fall for a green lawn all winter long.

When to Overseed

Fall is the best time to overseed the lawn for those people who live in the North. During the fall, air is cooler but the soil is still warm, which is perfect for the lawn. In that period, there will be very few weeds trying to compete against the new grass. The tree starts shedding their leaves, which provides enough sunlight to the grass. Another plus point is that diseases are less active that attack the seedlings.

For those who can’t seed in the fall, you should do it during the spring. On the other side, if you live in the south, summer is the best time to overseed because grass requires warm soil to germinate.

Mow Low

When you want to overseed, you need to cut the grass lower than regular. Remove the clippings from the surface before throwing the seeds. It will help the seeds in getting down easily.

Help the Seed Settle in by Amending the Soil

Adding a thin layer of enriched soil is a perfect idea. It will provide some of the essential nutrients that will improve the growth rate of the grass.

Note: Never add too much soil because it can damage your existing grass.

Choose the Right Seed

What seed you choose depends on where you live and what problem is making your lawn thin in the first place. For instance, if your lawn is shady, choose a shade-tolerant seed. Scotts® Turf Builder® Dense Shade Mix is great for shady lawns in the north. If kids play in your yard, choose a variety that can stand up to foot traffic, like Scotts® Turf Builder® High Traffic Mix. The people at your neighborhood garden center can help you choose the grass seed mix that’s right for your lawn.

Spread the Seed

You’ve cut the lawn short, removed the clippings and amended the soil. Now comes the easy part. Just fill up your spreader with grass seed, adjust the setting according to the label directions, and apply.

Feed and Water

To give your new grass seedlings the essential nutrients they need for fast growth, apply Scotts® Turf Builder® Starter® Food for New Lawns after you’ve spread your grass seed. Gently rake the seed and lawn food into the soil. Keep the soil consistently moist, this means lightly watering once or twice a day, until the seedlings have reached the height of the rest of your lawn.

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