Reseeding a lawn isn’t an especially difficult task, although it can take several applications and some time before you achieve perfect coverage. That involves patience but usually nature requires this anyway. In these days of conserving water and being advised to allow lawns to brown in the summer, why would you want to reseed a lawn? There are a number of different reasons.
1. Bare Patches
The main reason people will reseed a lawn is because the lawn has developed bare patches. These not only look bad, but can damage the ground. The grass does two distinct things. It helps bind the soil together, stopping erosion. More than that, it can stop the burning of the soil. Grass shades the soil, and by keeping it tight the moisture tends to be contained in the earth.
2. House Value
People who are planning on selling their houses will often reseed the lawn. It makes the property look better and cared for. It should be done well before the house goes on sale. This gives the lawn a good chance to become established and well-cut. A good lawn can increase the value of the house. The fact that the owner cares enough often indicates that he will have taken good care of the rest of the property, too.
If there’s a problem with excessive thatch on the lawn it can eventually kill the grass so that the lawn needs to be reseeded. Removing thatch regularly will stop the problem occurring, but where it’s happened, a reseeding will be vital. In order for it to be successful, you’ll need to thatch the lawn fully first. When doing this you should also aerate the ground. This breaks up the turf a little and allows more moisture to enter, so the grass will grow thicker and taller. When thatching, be ruthless. Clear away as much as possible with the rake. This will give the grass seed room to grown on the lawn without becoming choked.
4. Poor Soil
If you have poor soil you might experience difficulty with grass growing. The simplest way to rectify this is by putting some compost down and working it in properly before you reseed the lawn. This will help the grass to become initially established, after which the roots can go down and find nutrition.
5. Time To Reseed
You can reseed the lawn at any time in the year, with some limitations. The lawn will need to be properly established by winter, so in practical terms any reseeding should be completed by the middle of fall. Remove all the weeds in the lawn (an excess of weeds can be another reason to reseed a lawn). Do this manually where possible. If you use weed killer, be aware of how long it takes to act and use one that won’t damage the grass. Rake the soil and aerate it before spreading the grass seed. Choose grass seed that matches your existing grass and that is right for your climate.