Lawn - Knowledgebase Question

Wakefield, Ma
Question by brightshadow
April 3, 2010
We need to reseed much of our lawn. I bought some lime to put down this weekend. Should I fertilize next weekend and then wait another week to seed? Should I skip fertilizing until the fall? What is the usual sequencing...I looked online and find disputing evidence. Thank you for any suggestions. Best, Audrey

Answer from NGA
April 3, 2010


The usual sequence is to overseed first, wait until you've mowed the lawn 2-3 times and then feed. Lime takes a while to help mellow the soil and it is traditionally spread on the lawn in the fall. I'd wait until the lawn greens up this spring to overseed. The greening up indicates that both the soil and the air temperatures are warm enough for grass seeds to germinate. Once you've sown the seeds they will take about a week to sprout. If you wait until you've mowed the lawn 2-3 times after seeding to apply your fertilizer, you'll know the new grass is maturing and has established its roots enough to tolerate the fertilizer (you wouldn't want to burn the new grass!). Depending upon the type of lime you purchased, you may be able to apply it in early summer. Pelletized lime is time release and won't burn your lawn but powdered lime might. Check the package for recommended application times and rates. Hope this clarifies things for you. Best wishes with your lawn.

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