While the fall season often calls to mind nothing more than images of dead leaves, it actually represents a crucial time for your lawn. Autumn is the ideal period both for planting cool season grass seeds, and for overseeding warm season grasses that will remain dormant during the winter. Of course, seeding your lawn properly takes some effort. This article will break down the basic steps and benefits of planting grass seeds in the fall.
Before you decide to tackle a project like this, it’s important to decide whether you’re truly up to the task. Before you plant your first seed, there are several preparatory steps you should take:
- Existing growth must first be cleared;
- Apply weed killer if necessary;
- Soil pH analysis should be performed;
- Introduce soil applications, including fertilizer;
- Perform soil leveling and rake in grooves.
It also helps immensely if you’re well in tune with your lawn (and ideally with lawn care in general), as facilitating healthy growth can be a very instinctive process. Those with less experience should expect some trial and error, as seeding your way to a thriving sprawl of grass can be a challenging task.
Overseeding, or planting seeds without damaging existing grass, is a process designed to revitalize areas where heat, lack of hydration and foot traffic have done damage throughout spring and summer. Autumn marks the best time to overseed your lawn, as cooler air temperature facilitates strong root formation, while moderate soil warmth still promotes proper seed germination.
When it comes to lawn care, overseeding as just as important as general seeding, as it helps to protect turf while inhibiting unwanted weed growth. For confidence in the results, call on an experienced lawn service provider this season. A modest investment is sure to save you considerable time and physical labor, while delivering the assurance of a healthy and vibrant lawn all year long.