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Question by scottgoldste
November 1, 2010
i live in nj where the temp is approximately 50 degrees now. Is it too late in the season to start putting down seeds. i have many dead spots in my lawn, and if i should do it now, what is the exact process of how to do it. Thankyou

Answer from NGA
November 1, 2010
August and September are the best months to overseed your lawn. It's early November now and it may be too late for the seedlings to root well before really cold weather arrives. However, grass seed is relatively inexpensive so you might want to sow your seeds now. If they don't take, you can overseed again in the spring. You'll want to rake the dead grass out of the areas you're going to reseed. Remove the debris then sprinkle the seeds over the area and cover the seeds with a light layer of compost or peat moss. It's important that the seeds make good contact with the soil so tamp the newly seeded areas down with the back of a rake (or walk over them to compact the seeds and the compost or peatmoss). Keep the seeded areas moist by watering as often as necessary to keep the peat or compost from drying out) so the seeds will germinate and send their roots down into the soil. Good luck with your project!

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