Lawn Renovation

St. Louis weather often creates havoc to our lawns.  Sometimes the best solution to this perennial problem is to start from scratch (start over).  Disease, insect problems, poor soil, and poor drainage can destroy even the best lawns.    

September is the best time to renovate an existing lawn or start a new lawn.  However, sometimes an early spring renovation is in order but this is often a band-aid approach because the stress of summer may weaken the turf.  It is advisable to have a soil test to determine any special soil needs.

Proper preparation is the key to any successful seeding program.  Multiple aeration (mechanical system of removing cores of soil) will loosen compacted soil and encourage deeper roots.  Lightly power rake the area to create a seed bed.  Overseed accordingly.  Often in total devasted areas, the best course of action is to lightly roto-till the soil to a depth of two to three inches and then seed the area.

Another key to creating a lush lawn is the correct type of seed.  Recently introduced cultivars of “turf type tall fescues” (we recommend 5 Star Fescue and Champion 3+3) have adapted well to the St. Louis weather and are highly resistant to disease and insect problems as well as drought tolerant.  When overseeding into an existing lawn, use compatible seed mixes normally at a rate of four pounds of fescue per thousand square feet.  When seeding into bare soil, use a rate of ten to twelve pounds per thousand square feet.  We highly recommend applying a starter fertilizer at the time of seeding to encourage quicker germination and a deeper root system.  Apply a light layer of straw to any bare areas to reduce possible erosion and promote quicker germination.

Frequent light watering will help establish a lawn quicker.  Water the lawn 5-10 minutes several times a day.  Lightly moisten the top layer of the soil the first week to ten days.  Sustained watering of 15-20 minutes for three weeks every day or every other day depending upon natural rainfalls.

Mow the lawn whenever the grass becomes taller than three inches.  A sharp lawn mower blade is critical to the health of the grass plant.  Any straw which was applied should be mulched back into the grass, do not rake up the straw since it is easily uprooted.   

Follow the Greenscape Gardens Lawn Fertilization Schedule for maximum results.