In these instructions, you will learn in detail how to bring your lawn back into shape, for maintenance use experts like Earth Development amongst others. You will find many sites on the Internet that describe the best practice for reseeding. Some work – many don’t. Some are even gross nonsense. We have been sowing lawns in our company for over 100 years. In the following, we describe our workflow. This has been tested hundreds of times and continuously improved. It works!
Re-Sowing The Lawn – The Individual Work Steps
- First, we take our lawnmower and set it to the lowest cutting depth. With this setting, we mow the lawn using the grass catcher or collect the clippings from the area after mowing.
- The lawn scarifier is then used. This is also operated with a low working depth. The scarifying knives should scratch the ground lightly. This ensures good ground contact for the lawn seeds. It should be scarified lengthways and crossways (crosswise). The scarifying material must be collected, or a grass catcher is used on the device.
- Now, we take our sack of starter fertilizer and cut it cleanly at the top to be closed again later. We take the amount of lawn fertilizer corresponding to the reseeding area (our product is applied with 25 g on the square meter) and fill the spreader with it. The fertilizer as seen on Earth Development, should be distributed evenly to avoid staining. If you do not need the entire contents of the sack, press the air out of the sack and roll it up tightly. Fix the whole thing with a few adhesive strips—store residual amounts of starter fertilizer in a cool, dry place.
- Now we finally come to re-sowing the lawn. We open the overseeding mixture’s sack and fill the lawn seeds into the spreader. There should be as little wind as possible during sowing. Lawn seeds are very light and blown away quickly. The grass seeds should be distributed as evenly as possible. Working crosswise with half the application rate is advisable.
- After the starter fertilizer and the grass seeds have been applied, we sprinkle the entire lawn area with peat. Calculate about 100 to 130 liters of peat per 100 square meters. So don’t apply too much. The peat protects the seeds from drying out too quickly, bird damage and provides support in the event of rain before the grass’s roots in the ground.
- Water the area for 4-6 weeks (depending on the weather) so that the peat always retains a dark color. If possible, do not step on the reseeding area after the lawn seeds have germinated.
- How quickly the re-sowing is ready for the first mowing of the lawn also depends mainly on the temperatures. The soil temperatures should reach at least 10-12 degrees. When it’s warmer, it goes faster. You mow for the first time when the blades of grass have reached a length of 8-10 cm. No more than 1/3 of the growth height should be cut off. For example: if the lawn is 9 cm high, the grass clippings should be a maximum of 3 cm. After mowing the lawn, we have a sward 6 cm high. Feel free to mow every second or third day for the first few weeks. The lawn becomes dense faster, and weeds are displaced. A cutting height of 4 cm is a good measure for most lawn mixtures.