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Our Lawn After Fertilizing And Reseeding
The best time to rejuvenate your lawn is in the early fall or early spring, just before your lawn enters a period of new growth.
Certain types of grasses grow to form tight mats of sod. This can lead to a buildup of thatch (a layer of dead steams that accumulate near the surface) with repeated mowing. An excess of thatch can reduce the ability of water, light, and nutrients to reach growing roots. This can be remedied by renting a power dethatcher (for large areas) or using a metal rake or manual dethatcher on small areas. Dethatching should be done in the late spring, just as the grass turns green. If crabgrass, chickweeds, or even dandelions have been a problem in the past, consider choosing a natural, organic weed-n-feed like corn gluten meal to help prevent new seeds from germinating (its not effective on existing weeds, just weed seeds). Apply it in mid to late spring (April/early May), and then again around mid-August. Apply corn gluten meal at a rate of 20 pounds per 1,000 square feet of lawn and water it lightly into the soil to activate it. It should remain effective for five to six weeks each time you apply it. Do not use corn gluten meal if you plan to overseed your lawn, as it also prevents grass seed from germinating.
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What is the thrifty way of seeding a lawn?
Are you doing a whole lawn? Somestimes seed companies have rebates on bagged seed. Just google the name of the different kinds and rebate and it sometimes pops up.
Then if you don't have a store credit card, some of the big box stores like Home Depot often give percentage discounts on the first card purchase so you can add that (I personally don't go this route because I don't want or need credit cards, but it does work).
If you are just trying to fix a small part, we had a place where the grass was encouraging on driveway so we cut it out and then replanted it where we had a part of the grass that was dirt when we had a tree removed. It took great and now looks like the rest of the grass. That was totally free!
Last suggestion...I have seen people on sites like Facebook local marketplace and Nextdoor.com offering rolls of sod for free or next to nothing because they are either removing it and no longer need it or got to many rolls when doing their yard. You could always put a WANTED note that you want sod!
Post back with what you decide.
The best time to seed the lawn in my area is in the early fall. Grass seed is on sale this time of year and that is when we buy it.
A thick healthy lawn not only looks good but also helps keep down weeds. When your lawn begins to develop bald spots it is time to oversee. This is a page about how to overseed your lawn.
You can help keep your lawn healthy and green in a number of ways, from not removing the clippings after mowing, to using homemade and commercial fertilizers. This is a page about lawn fertilizer tips.