Whether you have moved into a new home this fall or if your lawn is showing stress from summer’s hot temps, insects or foot traffic. The time before Thanksgiving is a great time to work on the barren spots in your lawn. Many people choose to wait until spring to sew new grass seed, but autumn is the perfect time to get that seed onto your lawn. You will be thankful for your lush lawn when enjoying your Thanksgiving feast.
Discover the Root of the Problem
Before you start spreading that grass seed, it is a good idea to determine the cause of the lawn’s bare spot. Have your soil tested. Your professional lawn service can have this done, you can go to a local university’s Agricultural Department, or your local USDA office for your county. Once you have those results you can proceed to treat the soil and plant the seed. Step-by-step you can fix your lawn’s bald spots.
Preparation for Seeding Matters
It is best to plant grass seed when temps are above 52 degrees and there is no chance of freezing temperatures in the next 14 days.
Using a sharp spade or a shovel, cut out an even area around the bare spot. Lift off any dead turf in that entire area, removing at least a couple of inches of thatch and dead grass. Also remove any weeds, sticks, rocks or other debris.
Fill the area in with some fresh topsoil. Keep it level with the rest of the lawn, then rake the area to make a smooth planting area.
Officially Cast Your Seeds
Cast a thin layer of seeds in the area, approximately 16 seeds per square inch. Gently work the seeds into the new topsoil.
Be sure to use a seed that is appropriate for this area and use high quality seed to avoid weeds and ensure the health of the lawn.
Cover your seeds with a mix of manure, seed starter fertilizer and topsoil. Tamp down the soil for a firm hold. Then cover with a thin layer of straw, not mulch.
Water gently every day, morning and evening. For proper germination, the seeds must stay moist. Water should penetrate to approximately 6”.
You should see germination in approximately two weeks with cool-weather grasses. Once seedlings are visible, continue watering twice daily until it is about ½” high. Once it reaches an inch high, you can cut back to watering once a day.
Keep it moist but do not drown your baby grass. If you are lucky enough to have warm fall days, you may get your grass to 3-4” high, that is when you can mow your lawn. Don’t assume your lawn is completely fixed. Often these areas require a second seeding in the spring.
Replenish Your Bare Spots with Yepez Lawn Maintenance Services
Bare spots on a lawn are not uncommon and not a difficult fix. You can fix your lawn’s barren spots before the family comes over for Thanksgiving dinner. With a little time, some sun and daily watering, your lawn will look beautiful now, and in the spring, just in time for Easter egg hunts.
Remember, if you’re too busy to maintain your lawn yourself, you can always rely on the lawn care experts of Yepez Lawn Maintenance for help. We can seed, mow, and keep your lawn looking like perfection year-round. Contact us today to schedule our services.