Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Overseeding a lawn is just adding seeds to an established lawn and provides for both a lush, thick lawn and crowds out weeds and other undesirable plants. It is important to remove any thatch that is present as well as weeds and to thin the lawn (through raking) to allow the seeds to germinate and take root. The lawn will need to be mown to as low as one-half inch to allow the seed to reach the soil. Also, the lawn may need to be aerated to reduce soil compaction. A soil test is always a good idea when repairing a lawn as the test will reveal whether any amendment (such as fertilizer) will be needed. After preparation, apply the seed – by hand or machine – and lightly rake the lawn to move the seed to soil level. Finally, apply mulch to retain moisture and protect the seeds.

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