Fall Time-Aeration and Overseeding
A short follow-up for the importance of what to do after aeration and overseeding. Number one is water, water, water. Make sure you are saturating the mulch through and then turn down the water and let is soak for at least 30 minutes. Make sure the water is turned down enough after the initial saturation because the water run off can make the seeds run off, etc.
Do not fertilize the new seedling grass before 4-5 weeks. If you fertilize too soon this can burn the new seedling grass and also damage the existing turf. It is better to defer to your landscape specialist. However, if you are DIY-ing, you must read the label thoroughly beforehand.
The last thing is often not thought of or overlooked which is the fall foliage. Leaves falling onto the newly aerated and overseeded turf can damage the new seedlings. It is very important to keep the leaves off of the turf.
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