Should You Plant Grass Seed This Spring?
You are looking at a thin, weedy lawn and wondering what to do first. You know spring and fall are the best times to seed, yet you are unsure whether to concentrate on seeding or weeding your lawn this spring.
So, I start answering the “to seed or not to seed question” with more questions:
Do you have bare spots larger than a few inches in diameter?
Answer: If lots of larger spots, then seed this spring. Be sure to use a special Starter Fertilizer plus Crabgrass Preventer that is compatible with grass seed (the regular crabgrass preventers will keep grass seed from growing). If you do not prevent crabgrass when you seed, you are likely to be very disappointed as crabgrass will germinate and choke out your good grass before it has a chance to take hold. A machine called a slit-seeder will help make sure the grass seed comes in contact with the soil. Once your new grass has been mowed 4 times, you can apply a weed control if needed.
So the next question is what kind of grass seed to use. I have been hearing some great things from radio garden show hosts and lawn owners about Scotts Turf Builder Grass Seed Blends with Water Smart technology: (Click here to learn more about Turf Builder Grass Seed Blends with Water Smart technology.) You just select the Turf Builder Grass Seed blend that is right for your conditions, such as sun, shade, heat-tolerant, etc. If you only have a few bare spots to take care of, consider Scotts EZ Seed (click here for more info). I think this is the best bare spot repair product we have ever sold!
Is your lawn just thin and weedy without widespread bare spots?
Answer: You may be surprised how much good grass you have if you just feed it a few times. Feed it now with Scotts Turf Builder with Halts Crabgrass Preventer, then in 6 to 8 weeks feed again with Scotts Turf Builder with Plus 2 Weed Control, then in 6 to 8 weeks feed again with Scotts Turf Builder with SummerGuard and then in 6 to 8 weeks (late summer/early fall) you can decide to feed again with Turf Builder OR seed any remaining thin areas.
If you have more seeding questions, contact the Scotts Help Center.