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Lawn care is easy at Rose Lake Estates. First, take care to address the soil and lawn conditions that prevented grass from growing in the past:

  • Give your lawn a light raking once the ground has dried out.
  • Even out the ground. Low spots cause poor drainage, while high spots are often scalped by your mower. Grab a shovel, cut away areas that are raised, and fill in those that are depressed.
  • Test your yard for soil compaction by sticking a garden fork into the ground. If the tines fail to penetrate 2 inches, your soil is compacted and should be loosened with an aerator.
  • Break up thatch (a tangle of above-ground grass roots) with a specially designed rake or a mechanized de-thatcher.
  • Now you’re ready to seed.

Early May is a great time to plant grass seed. That’s because grass seeds germinate at steady soil temperatures around 65 degrees — and need lots of rain.

Before choosing a seed, determine which grass varieties will work best in your region of the country and with the amount of sun exposure in your yard. Then roughly estimate the size of the area where you plan to plant. You can use a broadcast spreader, or for smaller areas, spread seed by hand.

Water regularly to maintain soil moisture and fertilize with a slow-release, low-nitrogen product. The new grass will be ready to mow when it reaches 3 or 4 inches in height. Maintaining a healthy lawn is a great way to keep up your property value!