The Q&A Archives: Lawn

Question: Is it too late to spread grass. And what is the best way to get good results?

Answer: It is getting a little too warm for seeding a lawn but with careful watering you may be able to get it up and growing before it gets really hot. If not, fall is an excellent time to seed a new lawn. You'll need to prepare the planting area first by removing all vegetation and digging or tilling up the soil. While you're at it, add a few inches of compost or other organic matter over the top and rototill it in, then rake it level. Then broadcast your seeds and cover them with a light layer of peat moss or top soil to help keep the seeds moist and to discourage local birds from feasting on the seeds. Keep the newly seeded area moist by watering several times a day. In warm weather the seeds will germinate in less than a week. In cold soils or cold weather, they will take about 10 days to sprout; in warm weather it takes about 7 days. Best wishes with your lawn.

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