Seeding Your Lawn

Is your lawn not as green and lush as you'd like? Have some bare spots? Here are some tips and tricks to restore your lawn.

Bare Spots and Thin Areas

Weeds and bare spots are the two most common lawn issues. Luckily this is often a matter of simply adjusting your lawn's watering and feeding schedule.

Find Out What's Causing the Problem

Although the solution may be simple, sometimes it can be tricky to identify the issue causing the lawn bare spot. Common issues to consider are drainage, pet "potty" spot, insects, heavy shade. In some cases, you may need to consider if you have the right type of grass planted for your areas climate conditions. Another consideration is your lawn mower level. You may be scalping your lawn, so try raising the blade level. We suggest you start by checking your lawn's watering and feeding schedule.

Repair Steps

To repair your lawn, start by spreading a bit of soil, seed and fertilizer. Be sure to water the area well until the grass grows fully, then you can resume your normal watering schedule.

Read more about watering and maintaining your lawn.

When to Consider Renovating

If an area of your lawn has succumb to weeds or unhealthy grass, it is best to start over to grow healthy grass. Start by spraying the area with some Round-up Weed and Grass Killer, then rake up the dead plants after 7 days. Next, add an inch of Turf Builder Seeding Soil over the area and level it out. Spread high quality grass seed and fertilizer. Be sure to water this area well until healthy grass grows fully, then resume your normal lawn watering schedule.

If Your Lawn has Some Thatch

Examine your lawn closely for the potential culprit of your bare lawn. Should you have over an inch of thatch, it be time to rent a de-thatching machine. This will make your lawn healthier by letting the grass receive more water and nutrients, as well as give new seeds a chance to root and grow. In areas where soil seems thin, like under trees and shrubs, add a thin layer of topsoil, use a drop spreader or rotary spreader to spread a layer of top quality grass seed and fertilizer. After a few weeks of keeping the area moist, your lawn should look much better!

Make It Routine: Feed and Water Regularly

By now you should know that keeping your lawn properly watered and fed are key to maintaining a beautiful lawn. Give your grass the nutrients it needs with fertilizer to make it grow thick and strong, and give it a deep watering once per week. When it's particularly hot, don't forget to give your lawn some extra water!

Overseeding Your Lawn

Why Overseed? Believe it or not, grass gets old and eventually needs to be replaced. A sign of a worn-out lawn is lots of weeds. By overseeding, you can quickly and easily refresh your lawn to its lush, green state without tearing it entirely apart and starting over. This is also a great time to possibly introduce a new type of grass to your lawn. In the south, try a bermudagrass lawn with perennial rye grass for a green winter lawn.

When to Overseed

During the early fall, while the soil is still warm but the air is cooler, is the ideal time to overseed your lawn. Trees begin to shed their leaves giving grass more sunlight, and weeds have died out on their own. The next best time is early Spring.

Choose the Right Seed

The right seed depends on where you live and what fits your lawn's conditions and needs. For shady lawns, choose a shade-tolerant seed. For lawns with heavy foot traffic, a variety seed will be more durable. Choose a grass seed that's 99.99% weed-free like Scotts® Pure Premium® Grass Seed.

Mow Low and Spread the Seed

While overseeding, cut your grass a little lower than usual and be sure to rake well to allow the grass seeds to penetrate the ground more easily. Then fill your spreader with grass seed and go. Be sure to follow the instructions on your seed bag.

Feed and Water

For fast growth, gently rake seed and fertilizer into the soil and keep the soil moist. This ensures the seedlings get essential nutrients. Keep the soil moist for 7-14 days or until the seedlings are 2 inches tall.

Help the Seed Settle in by Amending the Soil

To help your seeds grow, try raking a thin layer of Scotts® Turf Builder® Seeding Soil over your lawn — less than a quarter inch.

Spreader Maintenance Made Easy

Your trusty spreader is a sturdy and reliable tool for maintaining a great lawn, but be sure to follow these easy guidelines to care for your spreader so it can help you for years to come.

Wash It Out

Once you are done spreading seed or fertilizer, empty the unused material back into the product bag. Put your spreader on the lawn and hose it down to prevent it from getting clogged.

Prevent Metal Sprayers from Rusting with Oil

For spreaders with metal parts, prevent rusting by spraying them with a lubricating oil after you've hosed it down and let it dry. Plastic spreaders don't need lubrication.

Check the Calibrator

Drop spreaders are adjusted at the factory, but can get out of whack. If you have a drop spreader and feel that it's not spreading correctly, check your owner's manual for the adjustment instructions.

Overseeding Supplies:

  • Seed
  • Soil
  • Fertilizer
  • Spreader
  • Oil
  • Rake
  • Lawn Mower