Reseeding worn areas of grass
Home & Garden - posted Mon., May. 7, 2012
There are often surprises when spring and early summer coax daffodils, lilac and azalea bushes out of hibernation. It’s great to welcome old perennial friends, but sometimes there is a favorite plant or a rough patch of grass that doesn’t make it through the winter.
Now is the time to re-seed areas of the lawn that appear to have thinned out over the winter or that are worn bare due to high activity or winter damage of some kind.
Start by making sure the soil is rich and plentiful in the area that is to be reseeded. Have it tested to see if it has the right pH and aerate the area as much as you can before planting the new seed.
It is always a good idea to buy the same kind of grass seed that was used in the rest of the lawn, although if you weren’t the first owner of the home you may not have that information. If you are in doubt, take a grass sample with you when you buy the seed.
Sew the seed according to package directions. After seeding, be sure to rake the area smooth and to step it down to keep it firmly in place. Good seed-to-soil contact is critical for adequate germination.
Water frequently until the seed germinates (four to six weeks) and then less frequently after that to maintain adequate moisture in the top six inches of soil.
Covering the newly-seeded area with straw (one to two bales of straw per 1,000 square feet) will help keep moisture in the soil, and the straw should remain in place for a while even after the seeds have germinated. Begin mowing the grass as soon as it is high enough to be mowed.