If you lawn is looking a little thin, now is a good time to overseed. A recent USA Today survey found that 64% of us think that our neighbors’ lawn looks better than our own. You can turn that around by using these tips from Micha at JB Instant Lawn and Nursery (800-527-1439). First, treat for moss and weeds in your lawn. Next use a de-thatcher to clean-up the dead moss and weeds.
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Then use a quality seed that is right for your conditions. The sun varieties will have a combination of rye grasses; the shade selections will contain a mix of rye and fescue. Make sure the weed content is close to zero (you don’t want new weeds when overseed). Then cover with peat moss or a good garden compost to ¼ inch depth, we used a compost delivered by Grimm’s fuel.
You then have to keep the seed moist and don’t let it dry out. A fine mist of water a couple of time a day for about a week should do it. You should start to see germination in about 7 days. Don’t mow until the new grass gets a couple of inches long.
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