I'll let you know if my plan has worked!
Today I'm going to:
- Mow - 1 1/2 - 2 inches from our usual 3" and use the bagger for the grass clippings. It may take me a long while to mow since I will have to empty the bag every so often to get rid of the clippings, but I'm hoping it will save some work in the end.
- Dethatch - thatch is the dry, extra stuff built up at the roots of the lawn that acts as a barrier to seed. Removing it should take most of the weekend to complete since I'll be doing it by hand with a rake. You could also AERATE at this point, but we are skipping this step due to - well frankly, we've run out of time!
- Overseed - by hand for small areas or use a spreader for large areas. Our lawn area is about a half acre so I am using a broadcast spreader. Follow the directions on the grass seed bag for the spreader manufacturer and type. If you have a sunny yard, use a 50/50 mix of Fine Fescue and Kentucky Bluegrass; shade needs a 60/40 mix of Fine Fescue and Kentucky Bluegrass. We have a mixed lawn - both sun and shade. I couldn't find any mixtures with just Fescue and Bluegrass, all had rye grass mixed it too. I bought a bag of each (pictured at the top of the page) and will mix them together for a 50/50 mix.
- Watering is the next step in the process. As I said, our yard is pretty big and I hate using water so I'm counting on the rain that is forecast for Sunday/Monday of this week (left over from the hurricane) to do the job.
- Final step - WAIT...and let nature take its course.
Only time will tell if its going to work - I'll keep you posted. Have a great holiday weekend!