Advice For Reseeding Your Lawn After Moss Removal

reseeding lawn after removing moss

I have reseeded my lawn after removing moss many times so I’m going to tell you the things I have learned about it and why you really should take advantage of the unique situation.

Reseeding lawn after moss removal is a vital stage in the battle against moss. You have to make your lawn lush and full of green grass as that is the best way to prevent moss from returning to your lawn. If you have gone to the hassle of removing moss it’s time to reseed that lawn.

In this article I am going to cover the following:

  • Why you have to reseed your lawn after moss removal
  • When to reseed your lawn after using weed killer
  • Methods for Reseeding Your Lawn
  • How long to see results after reseeding your lawn

Why Reseed Your Lawn After Removing Moss?

When you remove the moss from your lawn it will mean there are bare patches in the root system of your lawn and if you don’t do something to promote growth in those areas then the moss will more than likely come back and take over again.

Depending on which method you have used for moss removal there are benefits you should take advantage of.

If you have scarified your lawn then there will be scars across your lawn that the seeds can get deep down into or even if you have just raked your lawn to remove the moss there will be less moss growing so it’s time to stop it coming back by adding fresh grass seed.

My article on what moss in lawn indicates can be studied by going on that blog.

How Long After Moss Weed Killer Can I Seed My Lawn?

If you have gone down the route of using a moss weed killer to remove the moss from your lawn, I’m sure it will do a decent job and most of the moss from your lawn will be gone, which is a good thing.

Reseeding your lawn is the best solution in these circumstances but as you have just put chemicals in your lawn it is best to leave them to clear as they would damage any seeds you lay right now and they probably won’t germinate and grow into grass.

If you have used chemicals to get rid of moss, I recommend you water your lawn every day for around 4 weeks before laying fresh grass seed.

After the moss killer has done its job you should rake out the dead moss and once you have done that it’s time to lay fresh grass seed.

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Two Methods For Reseeding Your Lawn After Moss Removal?

If you are planning on reseeding your lawn after you remove the moss from it then there are two different ways you can go about it and both of them have different advantages.

Simply Sprinkle Seeds On Your Lawn

It is just that simple, but for this method to work, you will have to prepare your lawn for it and finish it off using the correct procedure.

  1. Before you sprinkle the seeds on your lawn you will have to use an aerator to aerate your lawn and this gives you the advantage of holes being in the lawn. The seeds will start to grow in areas apart from the aeration holes as long as you finish off the job correctly.
  2. After you have sprinkled the seeds evenly across your lawn you should take the flat side of a rake and brush it over the whole lawn. This should move the seeds from the surface down to where the thatching in your lawn is and this is where you want them to be so they can sprout, grow roots and turn into grass.

Add A New Layer Of Topsoil

Using this method when you reseed your lawn will mean more work for you but in the long run, it will have the most benefits for your lawn, also, be warned that immediately after this method you might think your lawn looks in bad shape.

  1. You should first sprinkle lawn seed evenly all over your lawn.
  2. When the seed is spread all over the lawn the plan is to add a fresh layer of topsoil this should be a thin layer, only about half an inch deep so that the grass is still sticking out above it.
  3. You have to use a specialist lawn topsoil that is designed specifically for this purpose.
  4. To spread this soil on your lawn you should first put bundles of it all over your lawn so it looks like molehills then take a rake and spread out evenly all over the one show that the grass is still sticking out it.

The big advantage of using this method is the fresh topsoil will add much-needed nutrients to the existing soil which will result in the existing grass growing much healthier and the new seeds will sprout and give you a thriving, green, beautiful lawn.

My article on the best time of year to remove moss will be very beneficial for you if you read it.

How Long Will It Take Grass To Grow After Reseeding?

This is a good question but it very much depends on several factors including:

  • Your local climate
  • Your fertilizing routine
  • How much water do you give to your lawn?

It can take anywhere between 5 days and 30 days for the first signs of fresh grass growing after you reseed it, in a cooler climate it can take much longer.

Out of the two factors that you can control watering your lawn is the most important. You have to keep your lawn moist during this period as if you let the soil that the seeds are on dry out they will not germinate and grow into healthy grass and it will be one big wasted exercise.

After a period of 2 to 4 weeks, you should fertilize your lawn with a standard slow-release lawn fertilizer. You have to use your judgment on the timing, you should only fertilize when the new seeds are growing and are starting to look like adult grass strands.

After this, I go back to my normal fertilizing routine for my lawn which is 3 times per year.

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