Part 2 of 4 Blog Series
As I write this, we are getting the first soaking rain we’ve had in weeks. This will certainly help the look of our lawns! However, the prolonged lack of moisture and high temperatures we had in July and early August may have caused damage to your yard that will need attention.
Browned areas that don’t green up after adequate moisture will need to be reseeded.
1) The first few weeks of September are ideal. This allows plenty of time for the new turf to become established and well-rooted before the winter.
2) Rake any dead grass out and expose the bare soil. Raking will also begin breaking up the soil to allow the new roots anchor in well.
3) If you cover the seed with straw, apply it light. The straw should simply break down into the soil. You don’t want to be forced to rake up excess straw; you’ll disturb your new lawn.
4) Water thoroughly. Get a sprinkler on that new seed every 2-3 days. When its up and growing you can cut back to every 4-5 days until established.
5) Starter lawn fertilizer after seeding will help the new roots get well established. It won’t help the seed germinate any faster, that depends on the species of grass.
If your lawn is in good shape and you don’t need to reseed, it could still benefit from a fall fertilizer application.
Stop in the store if you have any lawn questions. We can help you come up with a fall lawn plan based on your individual situation. In the meantime, enjoy the rain.