As we enter fall, you may be preparing to apply winter Ryegrass seed to your lawn. To help you in the process, here are several selected tips to achieve the best results and keep your turf looking great!
Prior to beginning, your lawn should be prepared with dethatching, followed by mowing down with a low mower height. Dethatching will help to remove any excess turf and debris from your lawn, helping clear the way for seed to reach the soil. If you do not have dethatching equipment, it is typically available to rent from many home and garden stores.
After the turf has been dethatched, set your mower heights to roughly ½ inch and move across all areas that you will be overseeding. Once the mow has been completed, it will be time to drop down the seed; approximately 10 to 15 pounds of seed should be applied for every 1000 square feet of turf.
Once the seed is laid down, it is important to rake the turf. Raking through the lawn helps to make certain that the seed makes contact with the soil. It is important to be thorough as the seed cannot grow if it is not lying on the soil. With the seed on the soil, you should add a layer of mulch to help retain moisture. This covering should be no more than ¼ inch.
Lastly, ensure that your sprinklers are set to keep the seed damp with watering throughout the day. If done properly, you should start to see Ryegrass sprouting after 10 to 14 days, mowing for the first time after approximately 3 weeks.