I doubt many people reading this would have much experience with the subject of this post, but now that I have started to establish my presence here, I would enjoy some responses to what I’ve been saying. For now, I will settle for anything, so even if you don’t have an opinion or question on the subject, just say hi or something off topic. Feel free to comment on previous and future posts as well. 🙂
I bought a house in 2006 and while the house was in good condition, the yard and surrounding area was very neglected. For the past 2+ years I’ve been repairing it and trying to spruce it up. Currently, I am working on filling out my lawn. This is kind of a daunting task because I have no experience and there is a lot of mistakes one can make. I’m trying to go all out while not breaking the bank. Meaning I’ll do everything I can that is a reasonable cost.
Apparently, an important part of making a lawn look good is a process called overseeding. With overseeding you prep your lawn and then throw seed down over the whole thing to try to fill in bare spots and make the lawn more dense overall. Apparently, this is more effective in Fall, but it’s Spring now and I am impatient. I found advice online that rye grass has the best chance at germinating enough before it gets too hot, so that’s what I bought.
As for prepping the lawn. I am having the soil tested at a local lab for pH and fertilization levels ($15). I also am having my lawn professionally aerated which only costs $40, less expensive than doing it myself. Beyond that, you are supposed to cut the lawn very short right before you throw down seed which I haven’t decided if I am going to do yet since it makes me nervous. I did buy a new blade for my very old mower, so hopefully that will help.
Maybe I’ll put up some before and after pictures if it’s sufficiently impressive when I’m done.