Nov 18 2019
Understand that the best way to reseed a lawn is going to differ depending on the circumstances, and our advice will help guide your decisions
Many clients ask us about the best way to reseed a lawn. The answer to this inquiry depends heavily on the current condition of the lawn. Some scenarios can be remedied by applying new grass seed. Other situations, however, may require digging up the remaining grass so the lawn can be started anew.
Are you unsure which is the best method for your lawn? We can help. Our team of landscape professionals have been designing, installing, and maintaining landscapes for the communities of Cape Cod and Southeastern Massachusetts for nearly 30 years. We can bring our expertise to your property, too. Contact our knowledgeable representatives today to discuss the specifics of your next landscaping project and to receive a free quote on it: 508-477-4814.
Evaluating your lawn to determine the best course of action
The first step in determining the best way to reseed a lawn is by considering the lawn’s current state of health. If there are only a few dead patches of grass or areas of concern, then you may be able to fix the problem by aerating, dethatching, and overseeding. However, if the majority of your lawn is covered in weeds, say 60% or more, then you may have some bigger problems on your hands that will likely require a complete replanting.
If you believe your lawn issues are minor and our recommendations of aeration and dethatching are worthy efforts, then the solution is easier to manage. Are you already familiar with the process of aerating and dethatching your lawn? If not, you can read some of our tips below. If you do not have the time to do it yourself, you can enlist our help instead.
Aerating and dethatching to eradicate problematic lawns
Aerating soil, also known as coring, involves breaking up compacted soil, allowing the grass’ roots to more-easily receive the water, air, and nutrients needed for growth. One of the most efficient and effective ways of aerating a lawn is by using an aerator.
Dethatching and aeration have a commonality between them — they both involve compaction and constriction that is detrimental to root systems. Thatch is organic material, often bits of dead grass. Thatch in itself is not harmful to your lawn, especially because this organic matter serves as a form of compost that feeds beneficial microbes. However, the accumulation of thatch over time creates a barrier between the grass’ roots and vital nutrients, water, and air. Lawns will become weakened by a half-inch or more of thatch.
Aerating and dethatching will help with the occasional dead patch of grass. These processes are best performed during the grass’ peak growing season. The exact season will vary depending on the type of grass you are using. Cool-season grasses will recover easiest if aeration or dethatching are done in early spring or fall. Warm-season grasses will fair best if these processes are finished in the late spring or early summer.
You will be ready to reseed your lawn once it is free of excessive thatch.
Starting from scratch if your lawn is primarily covered with weeds
If the majority of your lawn is covered in weeds, then it will benefit you to start from scratch. Otherwise you will consistently be fighting an uphill battle. Starting over allows the potential to develop strong root systems throughout your lawn.
If you plant to start fresh by killing the remaining grass and weeds that occupy your lawn, you can start by covering the area with plastic poly film. When the film is laid out, you should stake it down or cover the outside edges with rocks to prevent it from being blown away by the wind.
Once the weeds and grass are killed, remove them with a rake, condition the soil, add fertilizer, and plant your grass seed. You will also need to spread the seeds well throughout your lawn while compacting them slightly into the soil. Watering comes next, but avoid overdoing it.
If you want a beautiful lawn but do not have the time or expertise to make it happen, you can call on us, the professionals
Maffei Landscape has provided expert landscape design, installation, and maintenance services to clients in Cape Cod and Southeastern Massachusetts for nearly 30 years. We can help you with any of your landscaping needs, including the reseeding of your lawn. Contact us today for a free quote on your next project: 508-477-4814.