Grass & Grass Seed
How & 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.
When to Overseed
In the north, the best time to overseed your lawn is in the fall. The soil is still warm but the air is cooler. There are fewer weeds for new grass to compete against. Since your trees are starting to shed their leaves, there's plenty of sunlight. Also, diseases that attack seedlings are less active. If you can't seed in the fall, your next best time is the spring. If you live in the south, the best time to overseed is summer since warm-season grasses need warmer soil temperatures to germinate.
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.
For overseeding, you'll want to cut your grass lower than normal, and remove the clippings. This will allow the grass seed to get down to the ground more easily.
Help the Seed Settle in by Amending the Soil
It's a good idea to rake in a thin layer of enriched soil over your lawn. Don't put so much down that you kill your existing grass; less than a quarter of an inch is plenty. Scotts® Turf Builder® LawnSoil™ works well for this purpose.
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.