#4- Seeding too heavy- Most people put down grass seed way too heavy. More is better, right? Not with seeding. When seeding too heavily, you get lots of small grass plants too close together without enough space for their roots to grow. As a result, most of the plants die, and you are left with very thin grass. Study the label on your grass seed bag for instructions on how to properly apply the grass seed. The picture above shows the correct density of seed when reseeding.
#3- Lack of sunlight- Many times, people are reseeding because their lawns are thin in the shady areas. As trees grow taller and thicker, the Kentucky Bluegrass under these trees starts to die as it won’t grow in dark conditions. If you don’t improve the sunlight, the new grass won’t survive. Trimming or removing trees may be necessary to grow grass. Take a step back and assess whether trying to plant grass is the best option for your space. Would a mulch bed with shady-loving plants be better for this area?
#2- Poor Soil Preparation- Seeding is all about preparation. Simply broadcasting seed over your lawn is worthless. Grass seed needs to be touching bare, loose dirt to grow. There are two different options for preparing your soil for seed. The first option is to use a hard-tined rake to rake the top inch of soil. The second option is to add a thin layer of dirt. We like to do both; rake the top inch of soil and add a thin layer of dirt. Doing both options will give the roots of your new grass the best chance to grow.
#1- Not watering enough- For grass seed to grow, it needs to stay moist for 21 days in a row. That usually means watering at least twice a day. If you have an underground sprinkler system, we recommend setting your sprinkler system to come on four times a day for 4-6 minutes per zone. You want the seeded area to stay moist, but you don’t want water to puddle. At 10 days, ryegrass and fescue will start to germinate, but don’t stop watering! If you stop watering at 10 days, the Kentucky Bluegrass won’t grow, and it is the most desirable variety of grass. It doesn’t start to germinate until 21 days.
Grass seed needs three things to germinate: It needs to be touching bare loose dirt, it needs sunlight and water. If all 3 of these elements are present, you will win at seeding. But if you are missing any one of these, your seeding will fail.
Seedheads are starting to appear in big numbers in lawns this week This is a normal occurrence that happens every May across Michigan. Most of the common turfgrasses found in lawns produce seedheads including Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass and of course Poa annua (otherwise known as annual bluegrass). Seedheads not only detract from the appearance […]
It’s time to put away your snow blower and shovel and dig out the lawn mower! Now is a great time for some lawn mower maintenance. Follow these 6 steps and you will be ready to mow! Change the oil. This is one of the most important steps. Also check the oil periodically during the […]
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Every spring we are asked by our customers if they should power rake or dethatch their lawns. It seems like the logical thing to do, after all, we clean out our cars and basements– shouldn’t we also clean thatch out of our lawns? The answer to that question is usually “no.” Thatch, as defined by Dr. […]
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Do not call registry Are you tired of those annoying call during the dinner hour from telemarketers? Adding your phone number to the “National Do Not Call Registry” is easy and free. You can register any personal phone number; home, cell or fax and the annoying phone calls will stop within 31 days. Here are […]
We love our pets, but not the damage they do to our lawns. Brown spots left in the lawn from pet urine is common. Many believe it is the ammonia in their urine that is killing the lawn, but it is in fact the salt. The best option to prevent this problem is a product […]