5 Tips for Reseeding Your Lawn

Bare lawn? You’ll have a lush lawn in no-time with our 5 tips for reseeding.

Whether you’ve got a small bare patch or half a lawn to reseed, it’s best to do it in the late summer or fall, when cool temperatures will give the grass a good start.

1. Rake off any dead grass and debris.

Loosen the soil in the bare patch to a depth of 1 inch (2.5 cm). If the grass was killed by dog urine or a chemical spill, douse the area thoroughly with water several times to dilute the harmful chemicals.

2. Level your compost.

Spread 2 to 3 inches (5 to 7.6 cm) of compost over the area, then smooth it with the back of a rake so the compost is level with the surrounding soil.

3. Mix the seed with an equal amount of damp sand a day before you sow it.

The moisture will jump-start the process of germination. Scatter the seeds evenly with the sand; that way, they’ll stay in place on the ground, even on a windy day.

4. Cover but don’t wash away.

Cover the seeds with a thin layer of compost, then water the area gently, being careful not to wash the seeds away.

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5. Keep the area moist.

Use a fine spray of water two or three times a day until the seeds germinate, then water regularly along with the rest of your lawn.

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