Next, you’ll need to aerate the soil. Aeration holes will help the seeds penetrate the ground and provide better drainage for them. You can either rent an aerator machine or use a garden fork to manually puncture the soil at regular intervals.
Finally, apply a pre-emergent weed killer before. This will prevent weeds from germinating and taking up the water and nutrients intended for your new seed. Be sure to read the instructions carefully before applying, as some pre-emergent weed killers can stay active in the soil for up to four months.
What Is The Best Time To Seed?
When it comes to overseeding your lawn, timing is key. The best time depends on the type of grass in your lawn and the climate you live in.
In general, it should be done when temperatures are between 50-65 degrees Fahrenheit (10-18 degrees Celsius). This means that for warm-season grasses, like Bermuda grass, it should take place in the late summer and early autumn. For cool-season grasses such as ryegrass, fescue or bluegrass, overseeded in late winter to early spring is fine.
It is important to wait for a period of consistently warm temperatures before you maintain your lawn with this procedure. This will ensure that the seedlings will have enough time to grow before the cold weather comes. Additionally, make sure you mow your lawn a couple of days before so that the seed has direct contact with soil and is able to germinate more quickly.
How Long After Until Can I Walk On the Lawn?
It’s important to know the answer to this question before you do your lawn. This is because walking on a newly seeded yard can damage or destroy the delicate seedlings, which makes all of your efforts go down the drain! So, how long after the process should you wait before walking on the lawn?
Generally speaking, you should wait at least one to two weeks before walking on newly seeded yard. This allows enough time for the seedlings to become established and develop adequate root systems. However, this is just a general guideline. It’s best to talk with our expert for advice tailored specifically to your lawn.
For example, you might need to wait longer if the temperature is colder than normal, or shorter if you overseed with a faster-germinating variety of grass. You should also use caution when walking on the lawn soon after seeding to prevent damaging any newly sprouted seedlings. Avoid taking shortcuts or playing games on newly seeded yard, as this can cause significant damage.