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Care Tips for Your Lawn

1.  My lawn died/browned out over the summer.  What should I do?

  • Thatch or rake hard with a fan rake to remove debris and dead grass
  • Lime:  50 pounds per 1,000 square feet
  • Sow seed
  • Cover with a light (1/4 to 1/2") covering of good soil and rake lightly
  • Fertilize with a lawn starter
  • After second or third mowing, fertilize with Fall Lawn Food
  • KEEP WATERING after second seed germinates, especially if the temperature is over 75-80*

2.  Do I need to lime?

Yes, at least once a year to ensure healthy lawn development.  Apply at the rate of 50 pounds per 1,000 square feet. 

Note:  An acre is 44,000 square feet.  If you have a half acre lot (22,000 square feet) half of that is probably lawn, with the other half taken up by your house, driveway, beds, etc.

3.  When do I fertilize?

We recommend three fall feedings.  September, mid-October, and right before Thanksgiving.

4.  How much seed do I need?

Reseeding:  1 pound per 400 square feet
New Lawn:  1 pound per 300 square feet

5.  When should I water my lawn?

Water in the morning.  If you water at night the lawn will stay wet, which promotes disease.

6.  Should I cover my seed with straw?

Yes, to keep new grass from drying out.

7.  Which seed do I need?

Choose your seed according to the following:

  • Is your lawn sun or shade?
  • Do you have children or pets?
  • Are you looking for a fine textured or coarser textured lawn?