You're a baseball fan. A committed baseball fan. You don't just follow baseball. You live it. Breathe it. When you go to the ballpark, you don't just see a great game. You also get to see and smell some of the most beautiful grass ever grown. If you've ever wished you could grow grass as stunning as the outfield, then you're in luck. You can replace your old lawn with one with grass from Scotts® MLB® Authentic Grass Seed. It contains the same varieties used on your favorite ball field, but doesn't require a grounds crew. Just follow these simple steps.
Spray your lawn with a nonselective herbicide, such as Roundup® Weed & Grass Killer Ready-To-Use Plus Pump 'N Go® Sprayer. Be careful not to spray landscaping plants. Wait at least 10 days for the product to move down to the roots of the grass and weeds in your lawn. If some grass reappears, apply the product again at least 2 days before taking the next step.
With your mower at its lowest setting, mow your dead grass. What's left will serve as a natural mulch for your new grass seed.
You need to open up more space in the dead grass to allow the grass seeds to make contact with the soil. If you have compacted or clay soil, this would be the time to aerate. Then rent a power rake - the machine you use for dethatching - to rake up some of your dead grass. Set your rake so that it cuts slightly into the soil under the dead grass. Rake in one direction, and then follow up with another pass done at a right angle. You may need to do this 2-3 times for best results.
Use the spreader settings on your Scotts MLS Authentic Grass Seed bag. To make consistent, even passes, see our video on Using a Spreader. Follow by spreading Scotts® Turf Builder® Starter Fertilizer.
Your newly seeded lawn needs to stay moist to germinate. Keep it moist until your new grass reaches two inches tall. Once it reaches that length, your can go back to your regular watering schedule.
To keep your big-league lawn looking spectacular, feed your lawn about every 6-8 weeks during the growing season with Scotts® MLB® Authentic Lawn Fertilizer. It contains the same technology used on the baseball field. Complete the big-league look by adding lawn stripes.