Seeding the lawn is an affordable and environmentally friendly way to repair damaged sections of turf, or areas that need complete turf replacement. It is also far more cost-effective than installing sod. Slit Seeding is done with a machine that slices into the ground and deposits seed straight into the slit, giving direct seed-to-soil contact. This creates a perfect soil environment for fast germination. Provided you adhere to the proper watering regimen, slit seeding is the fastest and most effective method of re-growing the lawn.
To Seed, or Not to Seed?
Slit Seeding is a technique that can be performed at any time during the growing season, but generally occurs in late summer or early fall. For best results, soil temperatures should not exceed 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Before you seed the lawn, consider which grass seed is best for you. The type of seed you use will determine your level of success when slit seeding. Our recommendations are to use Kentucky Bluegrass in sunny areas, and a blend of Rye and Fescue grasses in the shadier areas. Areas with thick, dense shade will prove difficult to keep any turf thriving, regardless of seed variety.
After you have determined the best type of seed for your property, the next step is acquiring a machine. Slit Seeders can be rented at most equipment rental for under $100. Once you have your machine, simply load it up with your preferred seed and run the machine in a cross pattern, like a tic tac toe board. On the bare areas, it would be beneficial to run the machine diagonally as well.
The most crucial component of slit seeding is the aftercare; Daily watering is necessary for the first two weeks to ensure proper germination. The best time to water is early in the morning, as standing water overnight can invite fungus growth.
As always, we here at Greener Living are happy to help you with seeding your lawn or to help make additional recommendations. Reach out to us today and we will have a Lawn Care Specialist get in contact with you!