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Best Way to Reseed a Grass Lawn

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It is important to reseed a lawn every few years. It takes about five years for the growth of grass to slow down. This causes weed growth and gaps in between blades of grass. Reseeding your yard every three years will keep the grass looking its best--lush, vibrant and thick. The best way to reseed a grass lawn involves site preparation and follow-through.

Cut the existing lawn as close to the ground as possible. Set the lawnmower to its lowest setting. Collect or bag the clippings.

  • It is important to reseed a lawn every few years.
  • Reseeding your yard every three years will keep the grass looking its best--lush, vibrant and thick.

Rake the existing lawn and remove all debris, such as rocks and sticks. Grass stubble and soil should remain. The grass seed needs direct contact with the soil to form roots. Seed won't germinate if it's on top of grass clippings or debris.

Apply the grass seed using a hand spreader or mechanical spreader, depending on the size area you are reseeding. Follow the instructions on the label to determine how much seed to spread.

Rake the grass seed gently with the back of a metal rake. Cover the seed with a light coat of soil.

  • Rake the existing lawn and remove all debris, such as rocks and sticks.
  • Apply the grass seed using a hand spreader or mechanical spreader, depending on the size area you are reseeding.

Water the area lightly with a sprinkler on the oscillating setting. Make the ground moist but not soaking wet. For two weeks, water the seed twice a day.

Mow the grass when it reaches three inches high. Cut it down to two and a half inches.

Grass A Lawn

Choose a grass that is suitable for your area. If your area has warm winters, plan to spread the seeds sometime from March to September. Add several inches of organic topsoil and compost to the site, if desired, to improve the soil. Use a tiller to break up the hard ground and to mix the organic topsoil and compost with the soil. They cannot be removed easily once grass takes root. Pour grass seeds into a rotary spreader. Place a thin layer of straw over the seeds. Water the site every day until grass is 1 inch tall, and then water the grass as needed to maintain a green lawn.

  • Choose a grass that is suitable for your area.
  • Add several inches of organic topsoil and compost to the site, if desired, to improve the soil.

Grass A Lawn

Choose a grass that is suitable for your area. If your area has warm winters, plan to spread the seeds sometime from March to September. Add several inches of organic topsoil and compost to the site, if desired, to improve the soil. Use a tiller to break up the hard ground and to mix the organic topsoil and compost with the soil. They cannot be removed easily once grass takes root. Pour grass seeds into a rotary spreader. Place a thin layer of straw over the seeds. Water the site every day until grass is 1 inch tall, and then water the grass as needed to maintain a green lawn.

  • Choose a grass that is suitable for your area.
  • Add several inches of organic topsoil and compost to the site, if desired, to improve the soil.

Tip

Wear gloves when handling grass seed.

Warning

Don't walk on the lawn until the new grass seed has become established.

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