STEP BY STEP CORRECTIVE SEEDING
Step 1- Buy Quality Seed
A great lawn can only come from great grass seed and quality soil. When looking for a quality grass seed, find a NTEP rated variety of seed. Make sure the seed you purchase is a seed blend. You want a mix of Kentucky Bluegrass, Creeping Red Fescue and Ryegrass. The mix should not contain more than 1% weed seeds. The less the better!
Step 2- Prepare the soil correctly
- Loosen the top 2-3 inches of soil. Break up soil to approximately half dollar size.
- Remove any debris from the area.
- Level out areas where water may collect.
- Don’t use any granular weed control for 4 weeks before applying the seed.
Step 3- Plant seed correctly
- Spread seed evenly by hand for small areas.
- Use a spreader for larger areas. Go over areas twice with spreader, going in opposite directions for best results.
- Apply approximately 6-8 lbs. of seed per 1,000 sq. ft.
Step 4- Cover the Seed
- Lightly rake the seed into the soil. Cover with less than 1/4 inch of soil.
- Cover the seed with straw, peat moss, or some other seed top dressing.
Step 5- Water new seed regularly
- Keep new seed bed moist to enhance germination. Water constantly for the first 14 days. Water every day, morning and night for this time frame, or until seed germinates. Be cautious not to completely saturate the area; the goal is to keep the seeds moist not waterlogged.
- After germination water every other day, until new grass is 2-3 inches high, or until first mowing.
- Water new grass regularly throughout the remaining season to keep the roots moist.
- Always water before the heat of the day to avoid evaporation. Avoid night watering as this can increase disease issues.
Distribute a starter fertilizer after seeding large areas. This will help with proper germination and root establishment!