Fact and fiction about seeding your lawn after the drought

Many of us are thinking about seeding now, but I want you to do this first. Think back to how the lawn looked before the drought. If it looked good you don't need to seed. If it looked thin, then you do.

This is the time of year where we start seeing all kinds of signs and mailers promoting seeding and fall aeration. I have seen way too many failures with aeration and seeding so I don't personally recommend it.

If your lawn needed seeding before the drought, the best way is to verticut or hand rake. The seeds need to contact bare soil to germinate properly and evenly. Using a verticutter or rake to loosen and form grooves in the soil will help the seed adhere better and germinate evenly.

If your lawn needed seeding before the drought, now is the time to seed. Make sure you keep the seed moist, two to three light waterings a day. Don't forget to apply fertilizer and you'll be on your way to a great new lawn this fall.

Remember this: lawns are going to come back from the drought slowly. Don't panic if it doesn't fill in quickly. Later on this fall,  we'll talk about dormant seeding for maybe those few spots that don't come back. We'll see you next week!


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