Bare Spot Lawn Rejuvination
Should I be "roughing up" the soil on the bare spots before planting grass seed? Seed is not taking hold. Soil type is Santiago-Kingsley in Stillwater high ground above river.
Washington County Minnesota
Thank you for the question. Yes, you do need to prepare the soil for the seed. Rough up the bare areas with a garden rake, spread seed, go over the seed with the back of the rake (non-toothed edge) so that most of the seed is very slightly covered. Some small percentage of seed should still show. Read about seeding lawns here: https://extension.umn.edu/lawncare/seeding-and-sodding-home-lawns
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