Did you spend all of last summer fighting weeds in your lawn? Do you now have more weeds than grass? If so, it may be time to admit defeat – and take action. Killing and reseeding the lawn seems like a drastic step, but if weeds have taken over, it may be the only way to get your lawn healthy for the upcoming summer months.
Reseeding is a fairly large project, but our lawn and garden rental equipment will make it more manageable. Read on for a few reseeding tips, courtesy of Family Handyman, and make sure to check out our Minneapolis rental equipment catalog for all your project needs.
Spot Treat or Fully Replace?
Plant at the Right Time
In Minnesota and other cold climates, the early spring and late summer are the best times to plant grass.
Analyze the Soil
If you’re spending the time and money to reseed the lawn, you want to be sure that it’s a long-term fix. A soil analysis will help you determine which fertilizers or soil treatments to use. Search the web for a soil-testing lab or a local extension service to perform the analysis. We recommend the U of M Soil Testing Laboratory!
Kill Grass without Chemicals
Instead of spraying the lawn with something like Roundup, rent a sod cutter to remove the grass. Then, rake up the dead grass and weeds.
Treat and Fertilize
Use a tiller to mix soil conditioner into the lawn. Smooth the surface, removing rocks and debris, then spread a starter fertilizer that is appropriate for your soil and the type of grass seed you’ve chosen (a local garden center can help you determine the right kind).
Plant the Grass!
Mix the grass seed with fertilizer – experts recommend a 4:1 ratio – and apply it to the lawn, using a spreader to ensure an even application. Then, cover the soil with compost mulch to help it retain water during germination. Make sure to water the new seed – but avoid overwatering! A good rule of thumb is to keep the soil moist to a depth of about 6 inches.
Got a spring reseeding project in the works? Broadway Rental has the equipment you need to get it done fast, easy and under budget. Check out our full equipment rental catalog to find the right tools, and get in touch to get started today.