If you feel like your other full-time job is dealing with all of the mud in your yard, this blog is for you! My life for the last six months has been battling the havoc the never-ending rain has caused. I am bathing my dogs every time they come in the house, constantly reminding my kids to take off their shoes before entering the house, and brainstorming ways to fill the mud pits. If you want to make your life a bit easier, put the effort in now and seed your lawn twice a year!
The best time to seed your lawn in our area is early spring and early fall with Kentucky Bluegrass, Rye, and Fescue being the best choices for our climate. If you plan to seed in the spring, the best time to get started is when the forsythia begins to bloom (the beautiful shrubs with the yellow flowers all over town). They are actually beginning to bloom now so go ahead and get started by following these 5 steps!
- Level uneven areas in your yard and fill any holes and bare spots with topsoil.
- It is crucial to aerate your lawn prior to seeding. There are many places in town where you can rent an aerator for as little as $30/day.
- Plan to seed your lawn when the weather indicates there are no big storms that will wash away your seed and when there is light rain in the forecast. To get an even distribution of the seed, use either a hand spreader or pull behind on your riding mower.
- Keep the seeded areas moist for 14 to 21 days to ensure good germination.
- Do not apply weed control products to the grass until the grass seed has germinated and you have mowed the grass at least 3 times.
- Smile when you finally see the first layer of green in your yard.
Cheers to more grass and less mud for the spring season!!