Then water once a day. Centipede. For southern lawns and winter color, set the blade as low as it goes, and cut just above the soil—what's known as scalping. Set your mower at two inches or less for regular overseeding. Fertilize in spring and summer. After mowing, rake the lawn to help loosen the top layer of soil and remove any dead grass and debris. Keep all activity off the lawn for several weeks while the grass seed sprouts. 15% Turf Type Annual Ryegrass Then mow, dethatch and aerate your lawn to help the grass seed make contact with the soil and let air, water and fertilizer reach the roots. If no directions are available use approximately 1 lb. Mow often in the summer to encourage new stems to develop. Grass that’s too long won’t let the seed reach the soil. Seed Mix. Unfortunately, your grass will eventually go to seed and the long blades won't just be tough on your mower; they'll also be tough on the entirety of your yard. The seed, fertilizer, and water will have the best chance to get down into the holes made by the aerator if applied soon after aeration. Again, higher pricing doesn’t mean a rip-off. Seed in the spring or summer. Cut at a height of 4". 45% Spartan II Hard Fescue. Taking some height off your grass—and, similarly, bagging the clippings when you’re finished—will prevent the seeds from simply sitting on top of your lawn. Choose the right seeding product. I compared seeding before mowing short (1/2 inch), and sowing seed after mowing, with no mowing or preparation. 40% Quatro Sheep Fescue. The stems weave together and will help your lawn resist weeds. Some climates and soil types require watering 2-3 times per day in the first weeks. A similar principle applies to overseeding: when you want to revive your lawn, you have to mow it before spreading new seed. Instead, mow beforehand, and consider laying seed and fertilizer over your lawn after aeration and give your lawn time for that new seed to germinate before you mow again. What Equipment Do You Need for Aeration? Then, try not to mow right after aerating. If you plan on doing this, make sure you use a starter fertilizer that’s appropriate for your grass and growing conditions that does not contain any weed control. Mow the lawn to a height of 1 to 1 ½ inches, then use a rake to remove the clippings and debris. Aerate vs. Verticut This will give the grass seed easy access to the soil so it can root more easily after germinating. A small amount of fertilizer should be applied at seeding, and it should be watered until it has germinated. Seed in midspring to midsummer. Mow once a year (spring) and it will grow to a height of 12", then droop over. Don't mow the lawn for approximately three weeks and until the new grass grows to a height of 3 to 4 inches. The machine types, removing and collecting the thatch and two directions are all factors to consider. Letting your lawn go to seed won't be the same as planting new grass seed that creates a brand new lush lawn. Germination can take 2-3 weeks depending on your watering habits and grass type. If you live in a dry climate and are under-watering your seed, the process will take longer and will result in thinner, patchier grass. Mow your lawn extra short and remove the clippings, so new seed contacts soil and gets sunlight and water. your seed, wait 4 weeks, and then mow the grass. So far, seed first-then mow, is sprouting slightly better and with thicker germination. Mow low. Apply the fertilizer according to the package directions. of actual nitrogen for every 1,000 square feet of lawn. Side by side near the road. There are three specific dangers in letting lawns go to seed. Before overseeding, you'll want to cut your grass shorter than normal and bag the clippings. 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