Family Tree Seeding
The best time for lawn seeding is from late August through early October. Unfortunately, most people don’t think about seeding their lawns in the fall after drought and damaged areas have been created throughout the summer. Instead, most people think about lawn seeding in the spring, which is not an effective time to get consistent results.
Fall lawn seeding is ideal because of better weather conditions. In the spring, the soil temperature is colder then it is in the fall. Turf seed that is introduced takes longer to develop into a mature plant when the soil is cooler. Fall is more predictable for adequate moisture levels compared to spring conditions, which are variable and cannot necessarily guarantee adequate moisture to establish the new grasses. Temperatures in the spring often rise rapidly (as soon as late April and early May). This rapid increase in temperatures under low moisture conditions and full sun can quickly stunt and even kill new grass seedlings, requiring the entire process to be redone in the fall. Turf seeds and young plants are much more vulnerable to injury from crabgrass and weed controls in the spring. Delaying or skipping the spring crabgrass controls can end up causing just as much damage as if you hadn't’t seeded at all. If your lawn has spots of bare soil, dead grass, or dry spots, then you should consider fall lawn seeding.
Slice Seeding: Restoring a Lawn
Slice seeding is used to either repair a damaged lawn or to improve a thin or weak lawn. Sometimes disease and insect damage can thin a lawn so badly that renovation is the last resort. On a new or thin lawn, slice seeding will introduce new seed into the lawn and help thicken it up. This method solves lawn problems efficiently, and improves your lawn’s density. The seeder cuts furrows into the soil and plants the seed into the furrow. This method puts the seed directly in contact with the soil as opposed to merely spreading seeds onto your lawn, many of which will most likely not germinate. Slice seeding plants new seed into the soil without stripping existing sod. It is the best way to renew or thin a heavily thatched lawn and sow in new and improved seed varieties. Slice seeding is the most effective way to ensure good seed to soil contact and prepare the seed bed at the same time. It enables you to have better looking and more resistant grass types that are adapted to the various conditions on your property.
Core Aeration with Overseeding: Used to Thicken and Upgrade Lawn
Core aeration is the process of mechanically removing plugs of soil and thatch from a lawn. Overseeding is the process of putting seeds into a seed spreader, and then spreading the seeds over the entire lawn. The purpose of core aeration with overseeding is to introduce better grass varieties into your lawn. It reduces soil compaction, minimizes thatch accumulation, and will give you a greener and thicker lawn. Core aeration with overseeding is a great alternative because it combines aeration with specially formulated seeds for your lawn. It is important to note, however, that core aeration will not yield the same results as slice seeding.
Spot Seeding: Repairing Minor Damage
Spot seeding is an option that is used when making minor lawn repairs. It literally means “seeding spots”, and can be applied to a scar from insect or disease activity. Spot seeding is only applied to a small area that does not require the use of a slice seeder. The soil can be loosened by using a lawn weasel, adding the appropriate seed blend, and working in the seed.
When the life of a lawn is looked at in the long term, the expense and effort of seeding is well worth it. The only downside to seeding is that it requires watering once to twice a day to ensure proper germination. In the end, your property value will increase, and seeing the new lush green turf on your lawn will be a pleasurable and worthwhile experience. If you are still unsure of which seeding service will best suit your lawn care needs, check with your Family Tree lawn care consultant.