So you didn’t plant the best grass seed:
What to do now to fix your lawn
Finding the best grass seed for your lawn can be a challenge, especially with so many varieties to choose from. There are dozens of seed varieties out there, and if you’ve planted the wrong type of seed you’ll be able to tell. Thankfully, there are a few steps you can take to correct your error. Better lawn care practices, reseeding and grass repair kits can all help turn an unsuccessful lawn around, here’s how:
Change your lawn care practices
If your new grass seeds aren’t growing as intended, the seed may not be at fault. New grass only grows under the ideal conditions, and if you aren’t adamant about your lawn care practices even the best grass seeds can fail. Proper irrigation, mowing, fertilization and aeration may all be required for a successful harvest in your lawn.
Irrigation is essential, but too little or too much will have negative effects on your lawn. Neglecting to adjust the amount of water you add to your lawn can quickly lead to over watering, so make sure to keep track of the rainfall patterns in your area. The amount of water that your lawn requires depends on many factors, including local high and low temperatures as well as the specific needs of the type of grass seed that you selected.
Reseed your lawn
If you’re following all of the recommended lawn care steps and still aren’t seeing results in your lawn you may need to reseed. Reseeding is easy, but you’ll need to select a type of grass seed that is known to work well with the type of grass that has already been planted. Take some time to research the best grass seed for this process before you begin.
Once a seed has been selected, till your lawn and spread the new seeds evenly throughout. You can do this by hand, or make use of one of the spreading tools that are commercially available. After the seeds have been spread, add a thin layer of hay or straw to prevent them from washing away. Keep the soil moist (but not soggy) until the majority of the seeds have sprouted and grown to at least an inch and a half. After this you can care for your lawn as normal.
Consider a grass repair kit
If all but a few patches of your new grass have grown in correctly you may not need to reseed, thanks to grass repair kits that are available in stores. These kits contain a blend of grass seeds and sand, and they are perfect for correcting small areas in your lawn. You can select a repair kit that has the same type of seeds that you previously planted, or you can give another type of seed a shot.
Using these repair kits is very similar to the steps required for reseeding, except for you’ll only do so in targeted areas. Some steps may be slightly different depending on the type of kit that you select, but thankfully most of these kits come with instructions. Just follow these instructions and you’ll have no problem turning your lawn around.
If you’re having trouble finding the best grass seed for your lawn, reach out to a lawn care professional. They will be able to identify the type of seed that is best for the conditions that lawns in your area experience. That is not all, a lawn care expert will be able to give you suggestions about the ideal care practices for your new grass.