Nothing is as appealing as a lush green lawn, and from a distance most lawns look well kept and healthy. But upon closer inspection, you might realize that the lawn is green only from weeds that are growing among the few blades of grass remaining.
Weeds seem to enjoy crowding out grass, and if left unattended, you could have a yard full of clover, crab grass or other greenery more than real grass. In this case, the yard should be plowed or raked up and completely reseeded.
Sometimes, grass will die out of a spot, and nothing will grow. A bare spot will be highly noticeable among the rest of the yard, and re-seeding might not be all that’s necessary. Or possibly you’ve had a very dry season, and perhaps you cut the grass too short when you mowed and it dried up, turned brown, and disintegrated before your eyes.
If you don’t mind that long thin blades have been replaced by oval, spreading leaves, then leave the yard alone and let the weeds take over, but if you yearn to have a lawn that resembles a golf course, you’ll need to take action quickly. Sometimes lawns just seem to fall apart in sections.
You may have an entire expanse of great grass, but one area stands out as a bad area. If you think that part of your yard looks sparse, or there are too many curly leaves and not enough blades of grass, it’s time to consider adding more seed.
There is a reason nothing is growing on those bare spots. Before you re-seed, you should purchase enough topsoil to cover the area. Work up the bare spot first, and then work the new topsoil into it. Sprinkle your grass seed sparingly in the area, and sprinkle it well.
Cover it with straw if it doesn’t come pre-covered in its bag. Water it daily. As soon as the seed begins to sprout, remove the protective covering, and let the new grass establish itself before you begin to mow. Mowing too soon will pull the delicate roots out of the ground and then you’ll have to start over.
If your entire lawn is faulty, you will need to completely re-seed. Plow or rototil the yard completely, then go over it with a rake until the soil is fine. If you have the time and don’t mind waiting for new growth, spray the entire area with a weed killer and wait for it to work before applying new seed. If you just have sections of yard that have become overgrown with weeds, you can rake up those areas, just as you would the entire yard, and plant the grass seed in the opening.
Another reason to re-seed would be if the grass has become discolored and coarse, or if parts of the yard are one color and other parts darker or lighter. Different seed creates different-colored grasses, and if you don’t know what was put down prior to this seeding, you could have a patchwork lawn.
If you don’t know which grass was planted, take out a small area of lawn and reseed it. When the new grass becomes mature, you’ll see if it blends in or stands out. If it stands out, you will either need to find the appropriate seed to blend in, reseed the entire lawn, or distribute new seed evenly over the entire lawn so the blend will cover the whole area.