Over-seeding creates a thick, healthy lawn, which is the best defence against weeds.
Step 1: Prepare
Rake leaves and remove weeds with a weeding tool. Loosen soil with a thatching rake. Spread about a 1/4-inch layer of lawn soil evenly over lawn with a bow rake.
- Bow Rake
- Weeding Tool
- Lawn Soil
Step 2: Over-seed
Spread grass seed over entire lawn. Spread starter fertilizer using a spreader. Water lawn daily until grass seed becomes well established.
- Starter Fertilizer
- Grass Seed
Step 3: Maintain
Water new lawn regularly and fertilize every six to eight weeks. Consider installing a timer to ensure watering is automatic and accurate. Remove any weeds that may appear with a weeding tool or eco-friendly herbicide and repair bare patches with grass seed using a broadcast spreader designed for small areas. Check for insect populations as needed (see additional tips below).
- Oscillator Sprinkler
- Patch Repair Grass Seed
ADDITIONAL LAWN CARE TIPS
- To allow your lawn to develop to its full potential, it needs a healthy supply of nutrients. Only begin to fertilize once grass starts turning green.
- Fertilize every eight weeks for a thick, green lawn. As a rule of thumb, fertilize in early spring, and over mid-May, July and September.
- Lawns require about one inch of water per week to encourage roots to grow. You may not need to water if there has been rain.
- Mow high and regularly. Short grass means short roots, so raise mower blades to three inches to help roots grow more deeply.
- Aerate your lawn with a specialty aeration tool to allow soil to break down and breathe.
- Use products with natural ingredients to quickly kill weeds – these work especially well on hot and sunny days.
- Pull weeds out from the roots using a specialized weeding tool and lay a weed block under pathways or patios to prevent weeds from emerging.
- To get rid of insects, try spraying insecticidal soap (which is safe on plants) directly onto insect populations. You can also place insect bait and traps around your lawn and garden to keep pests away.