IF YOUR LAWN LOOKS LIKE MINE — a horrid mess of dried, brown patches caused by the summer drought — here’s a tip: take advantage of October’s cool weather and rainfall to repair this damage quickly. All you need is a bag of grass seed, a cultivator of some sort, and a quantity of straw to make things green again:
First, lightly cultivate the area you wish to repair. Grass rarely germinates, let alone thrives, in hard, compacted soil. For small patches, I roughen the soil with the claw-like hand-cultivator pictured up top. Larger areas are more easily worked with a sturdy metal rake.
Now, when you reseed your lawn in October, rainfall and cool temperatures insure quick germination. There’s no need to add chemical fertilizers at this time (or any other time), despite the claims of Scott’s and other companies who sell synthetic, petrol-based nitrogen.
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