3 Steps to Repair your Lawn this Fall

September is a great time for some fall lawn repair and reseed!  Now that our lawns are showing a promise of green after some consistent moisture, what can we do about areas that are not showing any green yet?

Step 1
– rake away any of the dead thatch before repairing your lawn
– loosen the soil in the area to be seeded to create a seed bed for delicate roots of the germinating seeds

Step 2
– add 1” – 2” of good garden loam and level the area by raking smoothly
– spread grass seed either by using either a drop or rotary spreader, using the setting indicated on the seed package
– use a good grass blend of Fescue, Ryegrass and Blue grass
– cover the seeds, so that no more than 1/8” of soil is on top

Step 3
– watering is critical!
– water every morning for three weeks to ensure all the seeds germinate
– grass seed germinates between 15C and 26C
– once germination starts, reduce the watering amounts, but keep the area moist so that the root system will develop deeper into the soil

Additional tips

  • to combat moss in the lawn:  rake and treat with Gypsum or Lime to balance the PH in the soil, then add topsoil and seed
  • mow as high as possible.  Lower mowing produces a shallow root system.  Shallow grass roots cannot take up water and nutrients and make the lawn susceptible to drought stress. 
  • a thick vigorous lawn is the best prevention against weed invasion.  A dense stand of turf can compete successfully with weed seedlings for light and nutrients.

Grass Seed available at Dufferin Garden Centre
– Bulk Lawn Seed from Spears Seeds (Sun & Shade mix, Super Grow mix, Overseeding blend and Water Saver mix)
– Scott’s Turf Builder mix (sun mix and shade mix)
– Rescue 911 Grass Seed mix
– Spears Seed available in 10lbs, 25lbs and 55lbs
– Spears White Clover for grass alternative