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Starting a Lawn (cont..)
Broadcast seeds with a mechanical spreader
at the rate recommended on the seed package;
overseeding will cause the tiny grass plants to choke each other out. Mix the seeds in the
hopper before spreading. Apply 1/2 of the total amount of required seed in one direction
and second half at right angles to the first. Rake the area lightly to barely cover the
If you have access to a roller, roll the seedbed to guarantee that all seed comes in
the soil. Water gently but deeply. Continue to water every day (or whenever the soil looks
until 3 week after the seeds germinate. To prevent seeds from washing away, water slowly
to keep the soil evenly moist.
When the grass is 2 to 2-1/2 inches tall, mow it to a height of 1-1/2 to 2 inches mow
regularly after that.
If the existing soil is poor, add 4 to 6 inches of topsoil or sphagnum peat moss.
with a rotary tiller or spadeto a depth of 4 inches.
After removing any stones, twigs, or other debris, rake the surface as level as possible.
If liming is necessary incorporate the lime into the soil prior to leveling.
Apply lawn fertilizer at the rate of 2 pounds of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet. For even
distribution, use a drop spreader.