After three years of neglecting my lawn, I decided I needed to do something about it. My yard had spotty areas all over, and it needed some love and attention. My neighbor who is a self-proclaimed landscape pro, suggested I put down a top dressing with seed, but before that I hired a landscape professional to core aerate my property.
After that, I headed over to my local hardware/garden store to pick up my top dressing supplies. I chose three products after doing some research with the primary concern of having the grass germinate as quickly as possible because I have two very impatient kids who want to play on the grass.
The first soil product I selected was Scott Turf builder Lawn Soil. It wasn’t cheap, about $9 a bag, but they guarantee their product grows grass 50% quicker. Also, there were multiple reviews in that customers stated their seeding results from this product were significantly better than buying standard soil.
The grass seed I selected was Scotts Turf Builder Rapid Grass (their sun and shade mix). I needed three bags at $38 a pop. It was more expensive than a general seed, but I was sold on the quick germination claim.
The fertilizer I used that was safe for new grass was Scotts Turf Builder triple-action built for seeding lawns. The cost was $39.
After laying down the dirt and spreading the seed, I watered the lawn twice daily. I was careful not to overwater, though. I also used my spreader to lay down the fertilizer. After five days, the seed germinated, which was impressive. Keep in mind the weather was in the 60’s-mid ’70s. After ten days, all the areas where I applied dirt and seed were filled out and completed with fresh grass. The grass also blended in very well with the existing grass. So to fast forward two weeks later, the lawn looks fantastic.
I spent a lot of money, but it was worth it because I didn’t want this process to be drawn out for a month with lackluster results. Having two kids and a dog that wanted to play on the lawn required me to fast-track this project with these premium products. The task was time-consuming, mainly because I had to water five areas of my property. If you don’t want to tackle this project on your own, you can hire Plowz & Mowz to do all of this at a very competitive rate.
Posted on May 11, 2022
Looking for more landscaping jobs?
There’s an app for that.
Download our free landscaper app to book and manage landscaping, lawn care, and snow removal jobs anytime, anywhere.