If your lawn is more of an eyesore than a lush oasis, these tips will transform that bare expanse into a fresh field of green fast.
- Step 1: Remove dead leaves and other debris in the fall which will kill the grass during the winter months as it decays.
- Step 2: De-thatch the lawn in the spring to encourage new growth and create strong, healthy grass year after year.
- FACT: It is estimated that there are over 10,000 types of grass in the world.
- Step 3: Wait several weeks for the new grass to establish itself before mowing and try not to remove more than an inch of new growth.
- TIP: Set up a scarecrow or hang pie tins by a string to scare away those pesky birds wanting to nibble on the grass seed.
- Step 4: Water the area lightly and apply grass seed with a spreader, going over the area several times to ensure even dispersal -- cover it with a thin layer of soil.
- Step 5: Water the area again to moisten the soil. Keep the area wet for several days as the seeds germinate.
- Step 6: Protect your newly planted grass from feet by clearly marking the area with stakes and brightly colored string, or build a makeshift fence.
- Step 7: Prep the area by breaking up compacted soil with a hoe or tiller and use a thatch rake to level the dirt and create an even planting bed.