The official start of winter is still several weeks ago. Even so, with temperatures falling and darkness setting in earlier and earlier these days, you’re probably not barking up the wrong tree by putting on sweaters and sipping hot chocolate while you stay inside with a good book or your favorite streaming service. That said, you’ll still need to venture outside, at least long enough to take care of your home’s lawn. We’ve put together a helpful list of seeding (and in some cases, overseeding) tips to help you ensure that your lawn will stay beautiful even after the wind, snow, sleet, and ice take over your landscaping and hardscaping projects.
Use the Scalp and Rake Method
If you’re not familiar with the scalp and rake method, don’t feel bad about it! Many homeowners probably won’t know what we are talking about when it comes to this aspect of lawn care. Your grass goes dormant in the winter – during which time it won’t grow anymore. Seeding and overseeding are techniques that help thicken your lawn but in order to achieve it, you’ll have to scalp it first. Use the mower to cut the grass as low as it can go – and then do this two or three times. Put the clippings in a bag or grab the rake you used to clear away falling leaves to move the grass aside before your next mowing run. By doing this, you can aerate the surface of the soil and make sure that the seedlings aren’t caught under too much shade.
Start Spreading Your Ryegrass Seed
Our second piece of advice is to start spreading your ryegrass seed. For this project to pay off, you will want to select a higher-grade ryegrass seed. Follow the directions on the package to figure out how to set the spreader you intend to use; spread the seeds and then immediately feed them.
Continue Your Watering Routine
Every living thing needs water to survive, and that includes the blades of grass on your lawn. Water the ryegrass, or whatever other types of sod you chose. The top inch of soil and the grass seed should be moist, but not soggy. Misting your lawn once or twice a day for several weeks will help it stay alive even though you might think it’ll freeze over instead.
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