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Fall Seeding

Fall Seeding

The best time to rejuvenate and seed the lawn is fall. Fall brings out cooler temperatures, leaves for fertilizer, rain for watering, and warmth for the grass. The soil will be moist from rain but maintain a warm temperature until winter. This unique combination is the opportune for planting seeds for a lusher lawn.


Different Types of Seeding

There are three ways of seeding a lawn:

  • Overseeding a lawn- The most popular way of seeding to cover an existing lawn. Additional seed is spread over remaining grass to give a fuller appearance.
  • Spot Seeding- Seeding certain smaller spots on a lawn. Bare patches are the most common reason to spot seed.
  • Reseeding- Seeding grass with larger amounts of grass. Thinning layers of grass can be covered by reseeding that one specific area.

Choosing the right is as important as the correct amount to seed. Most grass in a region use the same seeds since grass of the same type grows in a singular region. In the Northern Region of the U.S., ryegrass, bluegrass, and fescue are the common types of seeds used. In the Southern U.S., St. Augustine, bermuda, and zoysia are commonly used for seeding.


How to Overseed

Step 1

Remove any weeds and objects from the area to be seeded. Make sure the area is clear to plant seeds and give time for the grass to germinate. If overseeding, keep the existing grass cut low to allow new grass to grow.

Step 2

Rake any bare patches of grass to breakdown soil for planting seeds. For any low spots, fill it in with soil from the top of the lawn. Finish raking the soil and make it level with the rake.

Step 3

Aerating the ground is an option to help grass absorb water, seed, and fertilizer at a faster rate. For spot seeding, use a stick to poke the ground several times to create holes. Larger areas will require a hand-held device or professional aerators.

Step 4

Use a lawn spreader to cast seeds over the area of lawn. Larger areas will require more than one pass of a spreader. Seed the center of the outlined area in vertical rows followed by horizontal. This will create a grid and provide even coverage of the designated spot.

Step 5

Use a rake to push the grass seed into the soil

Step 6

Keep the newly seeded grass moist but not drenched. Using a sprinkler is easiest when watering a larger area of seeds. A hose can be used for smaller areas. Water 5-10 minutes in the morning or late in the afternoon. Twice for the first week and once in the second week.

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