If you've moved into a new home or have an existing lawn that has been badly damaged by drought, foot traffic, disease or insects, it is time to think about seeding or overseeding your lawn. If you don't, you'll likely be left with a muddy mess every time it rains or a yard full of weeds.

Here are some tips for successful spring or fall sowing of lawns:

  • Have the soil tested. Add amendments according to the soil analysis results. Contact your cooperative extension agent for recommended labs. To find the office for your county, visit the web site at www.csrees.usda.gov.
  • Remove any weeds, large rocks, sticks or other debris and smooth out the area.
  • Once you can work the soil, apply the seed. To test readiness, pick up a handful of soil and form a ball. If the soil forms a solid ball, it is still too wet. If the ball crumbles away, it's ready for seeding. Buy the best seed you can afford and make sure it is appropriate for your site, such as full sun, shade or high traffic. High quality grass seed is almost always weed free and tested for germination rate and overall performance.

    GreenView Fairway Formula grass seed has been ranked among the best by the National Turfgrass Evaluation Program (NTEP), an independent, self-supporting, joint effort of the National Turfgrass Federation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Read and follow the label directions of the product you select.
  • Apply a starter fertilizer over the seed. GreenView Fairway Formula Seeding Success, a biodegradable, weed-free product, holds moisture and heat for quicker seed germination and contains just the right type of fertilizer for newly sown lawns.
  • Keep freshly sown areas evenly moist by watering as needed until the grass gets 3 inches tall. Water newly established lawns throughout the growing season. Lawns need about 1 inch of rainfall or water every week to stay lush and green.
  • Mow the lawn when it gets 3 or 4 inches tall.
  • Lawns sown in spring or fall may need additional seeding during the next growing season.

Read more about seeding a lawn.

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