Reseed your lawn to improve its look and quality, cover bare spots, and maintain its long-term health. According to the experts at Jonathan Green, fall is the best time to introduce new seed into an existing lawn of cool-season grasses.
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When to Reseed
Early fall is the very best time to reseed. Soil temperatures are still warm, which is necessary for optimum seed germination, and cooler air temperatures are better for grass growth. There will also be fewer weeds for the grass to compete with at this time of the year. With adequate sunlight, rainwater and fertilizer, you can expect the new grass seedlings to be well-established before the cooler fall weather arrives.
Many homeowners do reseed their lawns in the spring with Black Beauty Grass Seed Mixtures and still enjoy great success because Black Beauty turfgrasses are so deeply rooted and drought tolerant.
Choose the Best Grass Seed
All grass seeds are not the same. For the best results, you will need to choose a high-quality grass seed that is appropriate for your lawn seeding situation.
Used by leading sod growers across the country, Jonathan Green’s genetically superior Black Beauty® grass seed creates a lawn full of grass that:
- Is deep rooted (can grow roots up to 4 feet deep);
- Exhibits an invisible waxy coating (like the waxy skin on an apple) that wards off disease and locks in moisture;
- Has leaves that are dark green, lush, and uniform in texture;
- Grows well in both full sun as well as partial shade;
- Is endophyte-bred for natural insect resistance.
Prepare the area. First, remove as many weeds as possible and get rid of rocks, sticks or other debris. Then cut the lawn short – from one to two inches in height. Use a soil pH tester to ensure that the pH is between 6.2 and 7. To rapidly raise the soil’s pH and help the lawn grow greener and healthier, use Jonathan Green MAG-I-CAL®. It can be applied the same day as the grass seed is spread.
Loosen the soil. If your soil is hard or compacted, Love Your Soil® will loosen and aerate it. It will also feed the soil microbes, making the lawn soil more alive and porous, and enhancing root and root mass development. Love Your Soil® can be applied the same day as the grass seed.
Plant the seed. Apply the Black Beauty® grass seed with a spreader. Distribute the seed evenly and moderately, then lightly rake to distribute the seed within the top quarter-inch of the loosened soil. Seed-to-soil contact is the key to achieving maximum germination.
Fertilize. Apply Jonathan Green Green-Up Lawn Food for Seeding & Sodding. This high phosphorus formula is specially formulated for seeding and spreading under newly laid sod. This fertilizer helps to build a vigorous root system and gets new grass plantings off to a fast start, resulting in a thicker, greener lawn.
Water. Keep the seed bed damp for a few weeks while the grass seed germinates. Plan to water daily and possibly twice daily (unless it’s raining) until new grass is two inches high.
For more information about the best time to reseed your lawn, visit Jonathan Green online, or get in touch with your nearest independent retail store for valuable lawn and garden advice.