Get that WOW factor with a lush, healthy lawn.
A beautiful expanse of emerald-green lawn sets off any house to its best advantage. But while we may think of a healthy, lush lawn as the norm, it doesn't just grow all by itself. Grass grows in seasonal cycles that depend on the type of grass and the region where you're planting.
Common varieties: Bahia, Bermuda, St. Augustine, zoysia
Love hot summer temperatures and winters that don't see frost-and-thaw cycles
Grow during spring and summer, but go dormant and can turn brown in fall and winter
Generally need less water, making them more drought-tolerant
Should be mowed close to the ground
Common varieties: Kentucky bluegrass, fescue, ryegrass
Grow during spring and fall, and are usually green all winter
Can go dormant and turn brown in summer heat
Are maintained at a higher mowing level
All types of weather can occur in this center belt, so a mix of grasses may suit you best. Cool-season grasses hate the hot, dry summers, while warm-season turfgrass can't stand the winter cold. When in doubt, ask the professional at your favorite lawn-care center.
The ground should be gently raked with a leaf rake to break up the soil. For small areas, you can use your seed spreader or just drop seed by hand. Rake again gently when done.
Overseeding is putting more grass seed on an existing lawn. If yours is looking a bit thin, overseeding may save it, if more than 50% of the grass is in good condition. However, it’s important to determine why your existing turfgrass is thinning and address the problems before you start.
You should see your baby grass sprouting within two weeks. During this time, it’s critical to water frequently and keep everyone off the new grass as much as possible.
Fertilize your newly seeded yard with a mixture that's high in phosphorous and quick-releasing nitrogen. If you're overseeding, wait a couple of days to feed the yard so the existing grass doesn't go into hyperdrive and crowd out the new plants. Always water thoroughly afterward to help the fertilizer spread through the soil and reach as many seeds as possible.
The amount and timing of watering are very important. Keep newly seeded lawns moist with light, frequent watering in order for the seeds to germinate, and continue this method until the new seedlings are about 1 inch tall. As the grass matures, water less frequently but more thoroughly.
Mow regularly with a sharp blade, either in the early morning or late evening, and never mow right after you’ve watered. You should only be taking off a third of the blade each time you cut the grass.
Sources: Lowes | The Lawn Institute