The Q&A Archives: time to re-seed?

Question: About a month and a half ago I entirely re-seeded my lawn. I was told to spread a thin layer of peat moss on top of the seed to keep it moist and protect it from birds. By and by the seed sprouted but in a patchy manner. About three weeks ago I re-seeded the bare patches, and then again ten days ago, but the seed is not sprouting. I have watered the lawn almost daily.

My question, aside for why you think the seed is not sprouting, is: may it be too late in the season to re-seed? Should I wait until the Fall or even next spring?

I look forward to your advice.

Thank you.

Answer: I wonder if the seeds are fresh? Grass seed normally sprouts in 7-10 days. It doesn't sound as though the germinating seeds are rooting - did you scratch the soil with a rake to roughen it up before broadcasting your seeds? I don't think it's too late in the season to reseed. Grass seed is relatively inexpensive. I'd suggest purchasing fresh seed, raking the bare spots to roughen up the soil, broadcasting the seed, covering it with peat moss and keeping it watered. It should germinate and grow within 10 days. Keep it well watered while it is getting established and you should have a lush, green lawn.

Best wishes with your landscape!

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