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It's Time for your Fall Lawn Renovation

by Tim Sanford on 09/01/11

After a very hot and dry summer here in Virginia, your lawn is probably going to need a little renovation this fall.  As the weather grows cooler (and VT football is back), it is the perfect time to overseed your lawn.  Below is a play-by-play of how to overseed your lawn yourself or if you need a little help, just give us a call at Carville Landscape Co.

Start by raking the entire yard and removing any debris and leaves (after Hurricane Irene there may be plenty of leaves).  Then use a dethatcher to scarify and cultivate the existing lawn.  If you want to kill any weeds or grass first, start by spraying a herbicide a week before overseeding.

If needed, add some additional topsoil and rake it flat.

Once you have prepared the soil it is time to add the seed.  Do one pass with the seed then another pass with the fertilizer.   Use a slow release fertilizer, which will release nitrogen into the soil for up to a month providing valuable nutrients for the seed to grow.

Then place a layer of straw over the entire area to help retain moisture in the soil.

Then it is time to water, water and water.  Keep the seed moist so that it will germinate.  You should look at your own soil conditions, but watering once in the morning and once in the evening should keep it moist.

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