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Best Lawn Seeding Practices

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Best Lawn Seeding Practices

Believe it or not, there are some folks in the country that will swear by this method of sowing lawn seeds into their yard. They claim that it’s best to broadcast the seeds on top of the snow during the winter months.


Dumb. All this does is give the birds that haven’t flown south for the season something to eat. Think about it: When the snow melts, if there are any seeds left, the run-off will simply carry the stuff down the sewers.

  1. If you want to keep your lawn looking great, you’re going to have to either start from scratch or reseed about every 5-years.

    1.Best Time To Plant

    While most folks think that autumn is the best time to sow, it really depends on the seed you’re using. If you’re using a warm season grass, the springtime is when you should be broadcasting the seed. Conversely if you’re using a cool season grass, that’s a good candidate for autumn planting.


    But, forget all of that. When to plant really comes down to, with the exception of “snow planting,” when you have a hankering to handle the task. It’s also important to research what types of grasses thrive best in your part of the country. Talk with local authorities to get the straight story on what types of seeds work best in your environment.

  2. 2.Other Factors

    Like virtually all projects, you’re going to need to prepare your property first. After you’ve picked the appropriate materials, here’s what you should do to get the area ready:

    • • You will need to prepare the soil with the right amendments. This is best to do while you’re loosening the dirt.
    • • If you have previously encountered yellow spots on your lawn, that will need to be corrected. The old surface, if it went bad because of disease, needs to be fixed.
    • • Old, funky grass and weeds will need to be eliminated before you begin broadcasting.
    • • How do you deal with watering your lawn? Do you have an irrigation system that works? Ensure that once your grass starts to sprout that you’ve fixed any problems with your sprinklers.
    • • Without a sprinkler system, you’re going to need to keep the soil damp for around the next 3-weeks. That means spritzing the soon-to-be lawn a couple times a day.
    • • For the next month-or-so, no one will be able to walk on the seeded area.
  4. 3.Repeat Performance

    If you want to keep your lawn looking like the best golf turf you’ve ever seen, you’re going to have to either start from scratch or reseed about every 5-years. Not up for a repeat performance every so often? Then you’re going to need to follow regular maintenance rules. Much of the country is experiencing drought in one-form-or-another.


    Here are some tips that you can follow whether it’s dry or wet:

    • • Don’t fertilize in the summer. September is the best time to feed your lawn.
    • • Always water in the morning. This will keep diseases at bay by allowing the moisture to evaporate during the day.
    • • Don’t clip your lawn so close to the ground. A couple of inches will actually help you better control weeds. It also holds water more effectively.
    • • Sometimes your lawn needs a rest. During a drought, let the turf sleep. It will spring back when the autumn rains come.

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