Pick the proper seed for the growing conditions of your lawn.
Black Beauty Ultra
are just some of the premium grass seed mixtures you have to choose from. Drought tolerance, improved disease resistance and dark-green color have been bred into our turfgrass. Also, many of these grasses contain beneficial endophytes, so they are naturally resistant to insect damage.
Properly prepare the area by loosening the soil to create good seed to soil contact. In the case of larger areas, the use of a rented, motorized, thatching machine can be helpful in the establishment of a seed bed. While raking, remove dead grass, stones, sticks, etc. from the lawn area.
New Seeding Fertilizer
, then the seed. Use a spreader for even coverage. Rake a little soil on top of the seed but do not bury the seed more than a quarter of an inch below the surface. Do not apply straw or hay to the newly seeded area as it can contain weed seeds.
The seed bed should be kept moist for a few weeks while the grass seed germinates, until the lawn needs mowing. Water lightly (5-10 minutes) 2 to 3 times per day. If it's windy and/or still warm, it will dry out more quickly. If the seed dries out, it will not germinate. If newly-germinated seedlings don't get water, they will die quickly. After mowing, you may return to a normal watering schedule.
Seed should begin to germinate in about 10- 14 days. All of the seed will not germinate at once.
Once the lawn is established, it is important to water your lawn deeply each time you irrigate. This means watering for at least 30 to 45 minutes in each area of the lawn which gets full sun and 10 to 20 minutes in areas of partial to deep shade.