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Slice Seeding

Thin or Thatchy Lawn? Consider Late-Season Seeding.

Late summer is the time to decide what, if any, seeding work your lawn will need this year. Careful advance planning and follow-up can make the difference between seeding success and failure. Below are a few of the conditions that call for seeding work.

Thin Lawns

Can you see the soil or thatch layer when you look down at the grass? Thinness allows weeds to get started in the lawn and causes the lawn to dry out much faster. A thin lawn should be seeded.

Heavy Thatch

The thatch layer can become so heavy that the primary root system is growing more in the thatch than in the soil below. Shallow thatch-rooted lawns are much more susceptible to drought damage.

Better Turf Variety

Do you want to develop a more disease-insect- or drought-tolerant lawn? There are grass varieties that bugs, diseases and hot weather don't bother as much as others.

Points to Remember Late-Season Seeding

  • Use high-quality certified seed to avoid planting weeds.
  • Plant early enough to take advantage of higher soil temperatures that speed germination.
  • Water and fertilize to promote rapid establishment. Ideally, the new turf should be mowed three to five times during the fall in which it's seeded.
  • Avoid weed control of any kind until the new turf has been mowed about five times. Some weeds will appear, but they can easily be controlled later.
  • It takes a couple of years to fully establish a lawn. Give your new planting extra care through the whole first season.