Prepare the soil by tilling to a depth of 4–6 inches. Conduct a soil test to be sure your soil has the proper nutrients it needs for a healthy lawn. Apply fertilizer and soil amendments, such as lime or gypsum, at the recommended rates. If you are unable to conduct a soil test, apply a complete lawn fertilizer according to the recommended rates on the packages. Work fertilizer or soil amendments evenly into the soil, then rake the soil surface smooth to give the seed an ideal bed in which to establish healthy roots. Sow the grass seed by evenly spreading according to the recommended seeding rates. Rake, harrow or otherwise work the seed into the soil ⅛" deep. Keep the area well-watered until the seeds germinate and the seedlings have grown sufficiently to establish a lawn, then water as needed.
Before overseeding, it is important to prepare the soil. Conduct a soil test to be sure your lawn has the proper balance of nutrients. Fertilize and add soil amendments if needed. Mow or clip the existing grass as closely as possible. Remove clippings and rake, harrow lightly or aerate the soil where there is existing lawn. This will allow the new seed to make contact with the soil. Sow the seed and gently rake to cover. Keep the lawn moist until seedlings are established, then water as needed.
Rid your lawn of undesirable grasses following the steps below so that you can establish a desirable lawn:
Mow your lawn closely, then remove leaves, dead grass, etc. Rake, harrow lightly or aerate the bare spots to prepare the seedbed. Conduct a soil test to be sure the soil has the proper balance of nutrients. Fertilize and add soil amendments if needed.
Permanent Lawn: 1, upper 3, 4, upper 5, 6, 7
Winter Overseeding: Lower 2, lower 5, lower 8, 9, 11, 12
Dark green: Great for permanent lawns.
Light green: Great for overseeding warm-season lawns in the Fall for a temporary green lawn during winter months.
For sunny & lightly shady lawns.
Needs 6 to 8 hours of daily sun.
Plant in early Spring or Fall, when temperatures are between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
STEP 1: PREPARE
Remove debris, then rake the soil to loosen and smooth the top layer.
STEP 2: APPLY
Spread the seed evenly using a spreader. For new lawns, apply a starter fertilizer. Rake gently to work your seed & fertilizer into the soil.
STEP 3: WATER
This is the most important step! Keep the soil moist by watering daily (twice a day if you have to) until grass sprouts and reaches about 3” tall.