How do I best seed for new grass? - Knowledgebase Question

Alexandria, va
Question by bmacdonald
September 4, 2005
I live in Alexandria, VA and lawns in general in my area are tough to keep green, thick and weed-free. I have an area that had lumber on it the past six months from a building project and the grass is entirely dead now -- it's just dirt. In order to regrow new grass the best way, what is your advice? A lawn savvy friend of mine said to buy the best durable grass seed as it's worth the money and to aerate the dirt area first. I'd appreciate your advice. Thanks!


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Answer from NGA
September 4, 2005

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Yes, you need to loosen the soil to encourage rooting, add a little organic matter such as compost, and rake to provide a fine, level seedbed. Good quality grass seed -- also fresh seed dated for this year -- is definitely important. You also need to assure good contact between the seed and soil (you can roll it or try tamping with a board or flat side of the hoe over a smallish area), cover with a light sprinkling of clean straw to shade it a bit and help keep it from drying out, water gently as needed to keep the soil moist until it germinates. Good luck!

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