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Seed or Overseed Your Lawn

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Even with regular mowing, weeding and watering, your lawn is likely to have a few bare or thin patches. You can quickly and easily sow new grass seed is these areas — or overseed with additional grass seed throughout an established yard for increased fullness.

Make a Bare Lawn Beautiful

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All three seeding processes require the same basic tools and steps, but the amount of seed required will vary:

  • Spot seeding is applying grass seeds to bare patches in your lawn.
  • Reseeding is applying grass seed to large swaths of ground, perhaps your entire yard.
  • Overseeding a lawn is spreading additional grass seed over an existing lawn, for a lusher, fuller appearance. Overseeding is popular in the southern United States where lawns often turn brown during the winter.
Before heading to the Lowe's Garden Center for seeds and supplies, figure the area to be seeded in square feet and know the type of seeding you plan to do.

Choose the Right Grass Seed

Take time to read the various bags of grass seed available at your Lowe's Lawn & Garden Center and ask an associate for help selecting the right type and amount of seed to buy. Whatever type of seeding you plan to do, your most important decision is picking the right grass variety for your region.

  • Northern regions: ryegrass, bluegrass and fescue
  • Southern regions: St. Augustine, Bermuda and Zoysia

6 Steps to Seeding Your Grass

Step 1

Remove weeds and debris from the area to be planted.

Remove any old spots of grass, rocks or weeds by digging them out with a round point shovel. Make sure the soil area is free from debris and fairly loose. If you plan to overseed, cut the grass as short as possible, and then dethatch the lawn with a garden rake or thatching rake.

Step 2

Rake or till any bare patches to break up soil.

Using an extra-wide aluminum landscape rake, work the soil back and forth to prepare it for seeding. Fill any low spots with topsoil. Finish grading the soil by raking it level with the rake.

Prepare soil quickly for seeding by using an extra-wide aluminum landscape rake.

Step 3

Aerate the ground.
Aeration encourages deeper penetration of air, water, seed and fertilizer, resulting in a healthier lawn. For small patches, you can poke the ground several dozen times with a rake or stick. For larger areas, you can purchase a hand-held or push aerating device, rent a heavy-duty version or hire a lawn care professional to do the job.

Step 4

Cast seed over the area with a lawn spreader.
For larger areas, spread seed in two or three passes. Trace around the perimeter of the area once or twice. Seed the central area in vertical rows and then horizontal rows, forming a grid of even coverage.

Step 5

Work in the grass seed with a rake.

Step 6

Water the seeded area and keep it moist.
Use a sprinkler to water new grass seed twice daily for the first week, then once a week after that. You want the area moist but not soggy — about five to 10 minutes in the morning or late afternoon is adequate.

Avoid covering newly seeded ground with straw or hay — both materials encourage weed growth. If you're concerned about new grass seed blowing away or drying out, use seed starter mats, available at the Lowe's Garden Center.

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