Renovating and Existing Lawn

All American Co-op’s Progressive Ag Center has the lawn seed and fertilizers you need to help re-establish a tired lawn or start a new one! Here is a link to our Lawn & Garden page with lots on info about the products that we carry. 

You’ll be well on your way to a beautiful lawn renovation if you follow these steps and avoid the most common errors:

1. The best defense is a good offense. Before you plant your grass seed, eliminate any competing seeds from unwanted grasses and weeds by spraying your lawn with a
herbicide containing glyphosate such as Roundup®. Be sure to follow manufacturer’s directions for proper use.

2. Scalp the lawn. Mow your existing lawn as low as possible without stalling the mower. Rake and remove clippings.

3.  Aerate. Core aerate your lawn to encourage abundant root growth of new turfgrass. Equipment should be available for rental in your area.

4. Apply seed.Using the seeding rate appropriate for the chosen seed mixture, apply seed evenly in two directions. Plant new seed no deeper than 1/8 inch deep with mechanical planting equipment. Equipment should be available for rental in your area.

5. Apply seed starter fertilizer. This step is absolutely essential for proper root development. DO NOT apply a high nitrogen fertilizer at this time or existing grass will overwhelm seedlings.

6. Irrigate, irrigate, irrigate. Water as often as necessary to keep the top half-inch of soil constantly moist, but not soaking. Commit to watering at least three times per day for six weeks. This is crucial: Do not let the soil dry in the afternoon sun and heat.

7. Three weeks after seeding. It’s time to re-apply seed starter fertilizer. Again, this is absolutely crucial to your success.

8. Time to mow. When the first seedlings reach 1 1/2 – 2 inches, begin weekly mowing. Set the mowing height to 1 1/2 inches. Keep mower blades sharp. Do not mow directly after watering to avoid damaging seedlings.

9. At six weeks. Now it’s time to raise the mowing height to 3 – 3 1/2 inches. Mow as often as required in order to follow the 1/3 rule: never remove more than 1/3 of the grass blade at a time.

10. At eight weeks. At this point, it’s safe to begin standard fertilization and irrigation programs. Do not apply any weed control products until the lawn has been mowed at least four times and a minimum of eight weeks has passed since seeding. Follow manufacturer’s recommendations for new lawns.

11. Pat yourself on the back. If you’ve followed all of the steps above, you have a lush, beautiful lawn that is the envy of your neighbors.


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