When Seeding a New Lawn
This is one of the most important steps of the process. The success of the seed and new grass will be directly dependent on the conditions in which it is planted. If the soil is bad, the seed will likely struggle to get the nutrients it needs for establishment. This is why it is important to conduct a soil analysis as mentioned in Step 1. Before installation, it is mandatory you clear the area of any currently existing grass or weeds—especially when it comes to planting seed. If the soil is bad, the seed will likely struggle to get the nutrients it needs for establishment. Weeds WILL compete with your seed until your lawn becomes fully established. We recommend following these steps:
- Begin by making an application of Roundup or some other glyphosate-based product 10–14 days before seed planting takes place,
- Wait three to four days and then make a second application if the grass isn’t dying quickly enough,
- Once your grass is dead, use a sod cutter or roto-tiller to remove the top layer of grass and debris.
We have a few product recommendations and rental locations for roto-tillers and sod cutters on our Sod Installation Tools page to get you started with sod removal equipment. If interested in using a sod cutter, be sure to read our article on sod cutters for more details.
When Filling Damaged or Patchy Areas
If you are planning on repairing bare spots with seed, you will want to first rid the area of any problems that may exist. These issues could include weeds, insects or fungus. This can be as simple as pulling the weeds out by hand in the area or as difficult as treating the area with an herbicide, insecticide or fungicide. Browse through our online control products here.