When your grass has become unmanageable and looks like a collection of dirt spots and weeds, it’s time to reseed.
Do you you quickly reseed a lawn?
This process is quickly performed by removing everything from the lawn and going back to bare dirt, then laying grass seeds down and trying to promote new growth.We say quickly but it can take a lot of time.
How Often Should You Reseed?
Grass does a good job of staying thick and luscious when it’s taken care of, but if you don’t keep up with maintenance it can quickly get out of hand.
Reseeding is a process that should only be done when your grass is beyond the point of being fixed and you’re not able to facilitate new growth just by dethatching and overseeding.
How Do You Reseed Quickly?
The reseeding process starts by killing all of the weeds and grass that are left and getting the ground back to bare dirt.
You should assess the ground that’s there and see what nutrients are missing from it, then work at getting the soil to a healthy level before you begin.
The key to a quick reseed is getting the right type of seeds so the grass grows as fast as possible in a nutrient rich environment that is feeding the grass well and you’re doing it at just the right time, this doesn’t mean constant watering, this means letting the roots grow and watering at the right time.
Aerate the lawn all over before commencing with the seed spreading.
Choose a new grass seed that works in the climate and area you live in, and one that suits the amount of maintenance and care you’re willing to commit to it.
With the seed chosen, you’ll need a seed spreader to help you cover your yard more efficiently.
After you’ve covered the lawn with the grass seed, fertilize it and then water it.
You’ll need to water the seeds and emerging lawn daily until it grows to around two inches tall and from there, should commit to ongoing care and maintenance of your lawn to prevent having to reseed it again.
Is it faster to lay turf?
Turf is basically rolled up grass on an already well rooted topsoil, if you think about it turf should be in almost all cases easier and faster then reseeding but turf isn’t as easy as it appears.
You need to treat your soil and get it ready to accept turf grass. Turf grass also has the problem of having to penetrate deep enough. Turf needs to basically settle into your lawn and connect with it. Rooting usually takes from 3~4 weeks, so in general it takes about a month for your turf grass to become your natural lawn.
And while it might look perfect when it’s laid out it also needs a lot more maintenance then your regular grass to keep it that way. Keep in mind you need to regularly water it just the right amount for it not to develop spots, root root or other issues.
Only after your turf has settled into your soil can you start your regular maintenance procedures such as lawn mowing.
So how does it compare to regular old reseeding? Well it’s about as fast ironically, but mostly in warmer regions, turf is faster in colder climates.. Most grass seed germinate on average in about 10 days will sprout in about 10~14 days. If you pick a really fast growing seed like say Bermuda grass you’re looking at sub 10 days for germination and about 4~5 weeks for a full lawn that can be maintained.
Is it better to use a spreader or seed by hand?
In almost all cases using a spreader is the more effective method, not only will you get a more even distribution of grass on your lawn you will also encourage faster growth as nearby seeds won’t be competing with each other for the same nutrients.
Should I reseed a patchy lawn?
We would like to say you definitely you should, but depending on your circumstances over seeding might be a better option. It highly depends on how the patchy lawn formed and can you treat the underlying issues that lead to the patches forming in the first place.
Rebecca Vargas is an experienced gardener and landscaper and has been rendering professional services for many years. Her services cover both private homes and commercial properties. Leveraging that rich experience, Rebecca Vargas now dedicates a chunk of time to show just about anyone how to maintain their garden and yard, whether at home or workplace. GreenIQ is his way of reaching and teaching millions of homeowners across the globe about proper gardening and lawn care practices.