How to Reseed A Lawn VIDEO – How to Reseed Your Lawn
From time to time it becomes necessary to change a lawn. This may be due to a contamination from foreign grasses such as barnyard grass, Johnson grass, quack grass or bermudagrass. Since there are not sufficient “selective” herbicides to remove grasses from grasses it becomes necessary to kill off the entire lawn and start anew. Other reasons to change a lawn may be due to life style changes, environmental reasons such as trees creating shade, drought, bugs, etc.
Many think that in order to change a lawn it is necessary to remove the existing sod and bring in new soil and start from scratch. This is not the case. This video will show how a lawn can be changed, updated, or improved upon without doing any of that cost.
How to reseed a lawn STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS:
Step 1. Let lawn grow to a height of at least 3-4”.
Step 2. Spray existing lawn with a glyphosate product such as Roundup (which is a trademark of Scotts). Use the high concentrate product. Apply according to the label at the highest recommended rate. Apply when the wind is low and there is not a threat of rain.
Step 3. Allow lawn to die. This may take up to 2 weeks. See if any spots have been missed and reapply on those areas.
Step 4. After lawn is dead mow lawn to the height of the lowest setting on the lawn mower. This may take 2-3 mowings and lowering the mower after each mowing. Collect the clippings either by bagging them or raking them off.
Step 5. After the lawn has been mowed and there is a short stubble you may want to topdress the lawn to level any low spots. This is done via a topdressing material that can be purchased at home improvement stores. You can spread it over the stubble and lightly rake it in.
Step 6. Spread the desired seed over the lawn area. Follow the recommended seeding rates for the seed being applied. Do this in a double direction to insure proper coverage.
Step 7. Lightlly rake the seed into the soil. You may want to use a water roller to press the seed into the soil.
Step 8. Apply water on a regular basis. Usually 2-3 times per day for at least a week or two to insure proper germination of the seed. After seed has germinated you can start to delete cycles over the next couple of weeks.
Step 9. Apply fertilizer either in a liquid or granular form. Preferably this would be a starter fertilizer.
Step 10. When grass gets to a height of 2” mow it but don’t catch the clippings as all the seed has not yet germinated. After the 2nd mowing you can start collecting the clippings.
That is it. No hauling away of sod. No new soil. Your lawn will be new and vibrant. With today’s new varieties the lawn will be improved for color, texture, disease resistance, bug tolerance, and much more.