Fall grass seeding may be on your mind and we have a few expert tips to help you along. The MN lawn that survives through the heat of summer can harbor crab grass patches, creeping Charlie and show bare spots from pets and yard fun activities.
(Before you get started even thinking you’re going to add grass seed and beef up the lawn, commit to finding a sprinkler and hose to get the water supply set. Most new lawns fail because of too little water.)
- Address uninvited weeds with a concerted effort to hand pull or spray a turf friendly weed killer. We recommend you begin seeding as soon as you see weed dieback from your spray application.
- Cut your existing grass short, bag the clippings and rake the lawn well to open up bare spots and expose the soil beneath. Rough rake exposed soil adding 1/4″ of nutrient rich soil mix. New seed can more easily send it’s roots into loose soil.*Lawn Soil by Scotts is a great choice for new lawn success.
- Choose a blend of grass seed best for your lawn. Fescues for Shade and bluegrass for Sun. (Blends of both can work well when your yard is a mix of Sun/Shade.)
- Spread seed, fertilize with a starter fertilizer which will activate the roots of the new grass. Water daily.
- Mow your new lawn when new grass is 3″ tall. Continue to water, but three times a week is fine at this point.