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Planting Your Lawn

Step 7. Prepare the Surface and Overseed It

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Before you begin, choose the seed that is best for your geographical area and buy the amount you need to cover the size of your lawn. You have several tool options for spreading seed evenly and at the recommended rates. They include your own hands, hand-held and walk-behind spreaders, and slit-seeders (power seeders), which are power machines that cut shallow slits in the soil and sow seed at the same time….

Planting a new lawn—step-by-step

How Much Seed to Use When Overseeding

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Seed Type Pounds* per 1,000-square feet Bluegrass 1 to 2 Tall fescue 4 Perennial ryegrass 4 Fine fescue 2 2 *Note: some experts recommend exceeding these amounts.

Planting Your Lawn

Overseeding Southern Lawns for Winter Color

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Warm-season grasses have a major drawback for homeowners—their color disappears when winter arrives.  To have green grass in winter, some southerners overseed their lawns using cool-season grasses such as Fine fescue, bluegrass, or ryegrass.  These annual cool-season grasses find a hospitable habitat among the dormant southern grasses and then die off with the return of warm weather in the spring.  Aside from improved aesthetics, overseeding also helps prevent the establishment…