Fall is a great time to put in your new lawn. The natural rainfall and proper soil temperature in the autumn make it an excellent time to lay down some new seed. Here is the process that we recommend when you put in your new lawn. Not every step may be applicable to your situation, but this will give you a general guideline for when you go to do it. Have fun!
1. Soil Preparation
If the old lawn has not been removed, we recomend using a sod cutter to remove the existing lawn.
Run a rototiller over the area, loosening the soil 4 to 6 inches deep.
If the soil has a high clay content, we recommend rototilling in Turface Soil Amendment, at the rate of about 1 bag per 300 square feet.
Optional: spread a weed-free compost, 1 inch thick over the area to help improve the fertility of the soil. Add lime at this time to alter the pH. Then mix these soil amendments into your dirt with a rototiller to a depth of 3-4 inches.
2. Surface Prep
With a landscaping rake, remove large clods and irregularities in the grade.
Note: For larger areas a drag mat can speed this task.
Settle and compact the area with a water roller filled with sufficient weight to firmly compress the soil.
Note: The finished seedbed should be firm, not fluffy. You should be able to walk on your seedbed without sinking more than a quarter inch into the soil.
3. Seed and Fertilizer Application
Broadcast starter fertilizer at a rate of 10 lbs. per 1000 square feet. This will provide nutrients in the correct amounts to get the lawn off to a fast start.
Our Key-To-Green Starter fertilizer also provides a complete micronutrient package for long term health of the lawn.
Spread the ProTime lawn seed you have chosen for your lawn at a rate of 7-10 pounds per 1000 square feet (unless you are planting an Ecology Lawn mix) with a hand-held whirlyird spreader or a drop spreader.
Note: For large areas, a walk behind broadcast spreader will make the job go faster.
Completely cover the seedbed approximately 1/8″ deep with ProTime Grass Straw Mulch, applied through a mulch spreader. This helps to protect the seedlings, holds in warmth and moisture, and hides the seeds from birds.