As we’ve discussed, de-thatching and aeration are key steps to revamping your turf. These become even more effective when paired with overseeding and fertilization.
Overseeding can be used to revive an existing lawn (less than 50% weeds) or for conversion to an improved grass variety which may require 2-3 years to achieve.
Now is the time to sew new grass seed
As the days shorten and temperatures cool down, there will be less heat stress on new turf. Plus, new grass planted this fall will be mature enough by next spring to tolerate any necessary weed control applications.
Overseeding combined with aeration can be powerful combo. As grass seed is broadcast over your lawn, the holes left behind by aeration will “catch” some of the seed. This will provide better seed-to-soil contact and more successful germination rates.
If you’ve decided to have any of these treatments, proper care after planting is critical to giving your new grass the best chances for success.
Your newly seeded lawn will benefit from the following this fall:
- Enough water to keep the top inch of soil moist at all times.
- Light watering once a day is recommended.
- Once seedlings appear, you’ll need to keep watering, but not as often (once or twice a week should do the trick).
- Limited foot traffic. Try to avoid walking on newly seeded areas until the new grass has gotten established
- A balanced starter fertilizer. Applied up to six weeks after the seeding.
- Mowing at normal height (removing no more than 1/3 of the grass blade at a time) once the new grass is 4″ tall.
With a little tender love and care, you’ll be enjoying your beautiful new turf in no time at all!