Lawn reseeding is the process of sprinkling new grass seed over your current lawn. There are certain times in every lawn’s life where lawn reseeding may become necessary.
Maybe you have a patch in the garden where weeds have become so invasive that they overwhelmed the grass. Or maybe constant foot traffic over a certain area has caused bare spots in your lawn. Or maybe you live in a winter environment where the snow plows regularly push salted slush onto your lawn curbs. Whatever the reason, reseeding portions of the lawn is something that every homeowner will have to eventually consider at some point if they want their home to maintain that curbside appeal factor.
Before you begin your reseed project, it’s important to prepare the lawn area to be patched. Using a rake, clear all of the dead leaves, grass, weeds, etc. from the area. Then loosen the soil, to give the seeds the best chance to germinate and take root. Put a very light covering of soil over the seeds. This will keep the seeds from blowing away as well as to help hide them from birds. And, finally, water the area thoroughly to the point where the soil is moist, but not soggy. Continue to water it every day for the next two weeks. This will give the new grass plenty of time to form roots and acclimate itself to the lawn.
Some lawn experts also believe that when reseeding an area of your lawn, that you also seed adjacent areas. Odds are that the coloring of the new grass will now match exactly the color of the current grass. By overlapping the seeding area, you help to mask the differences and allow the colors to blend naturally into each other.
When reseeding your lawn, be careful of using chemical fertilizers. Also, you’ll probably see some products advertised that promise to kill grass before reseeding. Many of these fertilizers and vegetation killing products contain chemical ingredients that can also kill the new grass seed before it has a chance to germinate. So, if you have fertilized an area of your lawn, wait at least one month before reseeding that area. Conversely, after you have re-seeded your lawn, wait at least one month before you apply any chemical fertilizer to that area.
Different environments support different grass strains. When buying grass seeds, talk to the experts in your local garden center and get their opinions on the best types of grass to grow in your local environment. Be wary of grass seeds advertised as quick growth strains as many times they will contain grasses that grow quickly but die after the first season.
It’s likely that your grass seeds will contain weed seeds along with grass seeds. This is perfectly normal. But try to eliminate the weeds as soon as possible to prevent them from gaining a foothold in your lawn patch.