Cool Season lawn. Days are getting shorter, nights are getting longer and we are getting a much needed rain today. Here the steps to take for a successful renovation:
Step-by-Step Cool Season Grass Renovation Steps
Decide if herbicide sprays are necessary. If so, read the label and apply as instructed. Most require 2 week waiting period to seed.
Remove leaves, sticks or anything that might hinder “seed to soil” contact. Use top soil to level any low or rough areas.
Mow down to 2”. Beware of any shallow tree roots and avoid them.
Flag irrigation heads or utilities that may be damaged by machines.
Power rake and remove thatch if necessary. Otherwise, spread compost or peat moss if you need organic matter.
Spread fertilizer and maybe half your seed in the worse areas and then core aerate in 2-3 passes. You can’t aerate too much!
Hand rake or power rake again at soil level to insure good “seed to soil” contact. This will prevent seed from washing away!
Top dress with a light layer of peat moss, compost or Penn Mulch. Avoid straw if possible. If you have good aeration (and seed to soil contact) straw can avoided.
Water daily for 2 weeks, but avoid puddles. You may need to water 2 times a day if it’s hot, windy or you have a steep slope to deal with?
Mow at 3.5 inches after 2-3 weeks. Bag the clippings to avoid smothering the new grass seedlings. Removing leaves later on will be just as important!
After the first mowing, back off the water to 2-4 days a week. Still avoiding puddles, but keeping the grass healthy.
Weeds may be showing up around now. Again, read the label and see the limitations on applying the product. Usually, you have to wait 5-6 weeks AFTER seeding to apply selective herbicides.
Spring seeding job can’t be treated for crabgrass till the new seed has been mowed 2-3 times.
Read all labels of any chemicals before using!
Consider hiring out this service next year! (08/16)
Grass truth#1: Lawns don't turn bad quickly and they don't turn around quickly. Mowing incorrectly is still the number one cause for thin and weed infested lawns. And most importantly...remember...that it's just grass folks!
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