Lawn Care: Killing A Lawn, Testing Soil, Spreading Seed
As with any project, before tackling the complicated aspects of a task, it's necessary to master the fundamentals first. These are the simple basics for getting grass to grow correctly.
To repair bare spots in your lawn, you need seed, water and fertilizer. Seeding in spring and fall will give best results.
Start by removing dead grass. High sun, drought and extremes of weather can damage grass.
Use rake to loosen hard soil, especially in bare or problem spots.
To give grass a head start, think about using an all-in-one seed, starter fertilizer and growing material.
Spread seed evenly.
Lightly water twice a day until seedlings are 2 inches high, then as needed.
Newly seeded areas should be watered frequently to ensure germination.
Six weeks after seeding, begin feeding entire lawn.
To keep lawn full and strong, re-apply fertilizer about every 6 weeks. Regular application of fertilizer provides nutrients your lawn needs to look its best and withstand stresses of weeds, heat, drought and family activity.
Set mower wheels on highest setting to promote deeper roots and more efficient use of water.