Fall is a great time for seeding your lawn.
(Yes I realize that it is only July, but was’nt spring just yesterday!) Your lawn may have a few thin or bare spots or it may need a complete overseeding. Either way, if you’re planning to seed, it’s time to act.
In the fall, the soil temperatures are higher, which means your seed sprouts faster. You get a better stand in less time and reduce the chance of unwanted weeds. By establishing the new grass this fall, your lawn will look better in the spring and regular crabgrass and weed applications can be made at the proper times.
Here are five musts to get this right.
#1: Have your grass seed planted early: Allow enough growing time to get in a few mowings before winter.
#2: Seed-to-soil contact makes or breaks the job: Seed must be able to put roots directly in the soil when it germinates or it will not survive long. Opening the soil with an aerator can make all the difference for successful germination.
#3: Use the right kind of fertilizer on the seedbed: A good fertilizer, high in phosphorus for quick root growth, is the very best.
#4: Keep it moist: Your new seed needs a nearly constant supply of moisture. Keep the growing zone of the new grass moist with daily or nearly daily light watering
#5: Mow short in the fall: Set the mower lower for your last several mowings to harden off the grass. This helps for faster green-up in the spring.