If your lawn has bare patches devoid of grass, you should consider reseeding it. Just a single application of grass seed is often enough to revitalize your lawn, filling in those otherwise bare patches with new greenery.
But you should approach this with caution if you live in a windy area. If the seed is loose and “sits” on the surface, it will likely blow away during strong gusts. There are ways to keep grass seed from blowing away, including the strategies listed here.
Aerate the Soil
Prior to seeding your lawn, aerate the soil. You can use either a tiller or spike aerator, either of which are acceptable for this purpose.
By aerating the soil, seed will settle deep into the ground rather than sitting on the surface. Furthermore, aeration allows the soil to absorb more water and nutrients, thus stimulating grass growth.
Cover Your Grass Seed With Straw
After applying seed to your lawn, cover it with a thin layer of straw. You can buy a bale of straw for about $10 to $12. And depending on the size of your lawn, it shouldn’t require more than a few to cover the entire surface.
With a layer of straw covering your grass, seeds are less likely to blow over. The only downside is that some homeowners may find it to be an eye-sore.
Then again, a lawn with bare patches could also be considered an eye-sore. So, if you’re worried about your grass seed blowing away, add a layer of straw over it.
Use a Seed Starter Mat
Another idea is to use a seed starter mat on your lawn. These roll-out style mats are made of organic material with seeds embedded into the surface. You just roll them across the desired area of your lawn, add water, and the grass will begin to grow.
When using seed starter mats, however, you should choose the same grass variety – or a close variation thereof – as your existing grass. Otherwise, you’ll have two different types of grass growing on your lawn.
Check the Runoff
It’s not always the wind that removes newly applied seed from a lawn; in some cases, it’s water runoff. If your lawn isn’t properly graded, rainwater may collect on the surface, washing away any seed.
To prevent this from happening, make sure gutter downspouts are pointed in the right direction and that water flows away from your lawn naturally.
If we can help with any of your tree care needs give us a call at 512-846-2535 or 512-940-0799 or