How do I get a lawn started and what type of grass seed should I use?

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Whether you’re starting from scratch or you’re trying to improve an existing lawn, going from dirt to a thick carpet of green grass can be intimidating. But with a little patience and dedication, you can be on your way to the perfect lawn in just a few weeks.

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Whether you’re starting from scratch or you’re trying to improve an existing lawn, going from dirt to a thick carpet of green grass can be intimidating. But with a little patience and dedication, you can be on your way to the perfect lawn in just a few weeks.If more than fifty percent of your yard is still healthy, you can renovate the existing lawn. The first step? Control the broadleaf weeds that are present. You’ll need a selective weed killer to apply to the rough patches in your lawn. A few weeks after treating your lawn for weeds, mow it short. Then use a verticutter or power rake to remove all of the dead weeds and open the surface of your lawn for seeding. Next, you’ll want to spread seed that matches the type of grass in the healthy parts of your lawn. In bare spots, apply a quality grass seed, then cover the seed with seed matt to hold moisture near the seeds to ensure better germination. Once your seed is down and covered with seed matt, apply a good starter fertilizer and water everything evenly.To start from scratch, apply a non-selective weed killer to the entire lawn. After 5-7 days, mow it short, then use a verticutter to open the ground for seeding. Use a good seed spreader to apply the seed evenly across the soil, then lightly rake the seed into the surface. Cover any hills and slopes or areas where bare soil is exposed with seed matt, strawnet to make sure your seeds and topsoil don’t wash away. Then apply a starter fertilizer and evenly water the surface of your entire lawn.Midwest lawns are typically fescues, bluegrasses or ryegrasses. But there may be better grasses – or grass mixes – for your particular lawn depending on how much shade or moisture it receives. To choose the right seed, or for any other advice on starting or renovating a lawn, visit your local Westlake Hardware and ask for recommendations. We’re always here to help.

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  • Weed Killer (if necessary)
  • Bow Rake, Power Rake or Verticutter
  • Quality Grass Seed
  • Strawnet, Seed Matt or Peat Moss
  • Spreader (hand and/or broadcast)
  • Seed Starter Fertilizer
  • Garden Hose
  • Sprinkler
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