Whether you are thinking of over-seeding your existing lawn or planting a new lawn from seed, timing is everything. However, it is not so much the time of year as most people think. Fall is traditionally the time that is touted as the best time to seed. However, even planting in the fall does not guarantee success. The fact is that many people have success growing a lush lawn at all different seasons, as long as they go in prepared.
Getting ready to seed is the most important factor in getting the lush lawn you desire. Too often homeowners think that a bag of seed and maybe a little fertilizer will magically cultivate the lawn they envision. While some may get lucky, for most it will take a few steps first to get results.
– Loosening the soil. For seeds to take hold, the soil must first be loosened. This can involve tilling the soil and lawn aerating.
– Weed control. Removing weeds and other unwanted grasses that will compete for the soil is needed.
– Irrigation. A sprinkler system that covers all areas will be needed or watering will need to be done everyday, sometimes up to three times a day.
– Restricting traffic. For seeds to take hold, the area should not be disturbed. Make arrangements to restrict animals and people from walking on the area for 4-6 weeks.
Once you can commit to the above preparations, then you are ready to shop for seed and fertilizer. Consult with your local landscaping supply store to decide which grass and fertilizer will work best for your lawn. Now, regardless of the time of year, you are ready to seed!