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Dormant Seeding and How to Do It for Your Lawn

15th Nov 2016

Usually, the optimal time for seeding is somewhere between the middle of August and the middle of September. However, if you missed that opportunity, you don't have to panic. There's another window of time in November when you can practice what is known as "dormant seeding." Here's how to do it.

Check the Soil

For this to work, the ground cannot be frozen yet. However, the soil does need to be cold enough that the grass seed will go dormant and wait until next spring to germinate.

Find Your Seed

Look for a good mixture of seed, specifically cool-season grasses. A blend of fine fescue, perennial ryegrass, and Kentucky bluegrass should work well.

Loosen the Earth

Note the portions of the lawn that need reseeding. You'll see thinning grass or bare, brown patches of earth. When you identify these areas, work up the existing soil a bit with a hand rake. When the earth is a bit loose instead of firmly packed, the seeds can settle in better. If you have a huge area to cover, you might need to rent a vertical mower or power rake to do the job.

Rake Up the Old Debris

If you turned up some plant debris and old grass clippings while you were loosening the soil, rake those up and toss them on your compost pile. This leaves the soil clear so the seeds can get down into the ground.

Scatter the Seed

Spread the seed as evenly as you can, doling out 3-4 pounds for every section of 1000 square feet. After you seed all the areas you want to cover, water your entire lawn just enough to dampen the soil. Then all you have to do is wait until spring and watch for those little blades of new grass to pop up.

Call Kurtz Bros., Inc.

If you need additional equipment or supplies for your reseeding efforts, just contact Kurtz Bros., Inc. We have many different types of grass seed on hand, and we can give you additional tips or assistance with thickening your grass and helping your lawn thrive.