Rettmann Lawn Service, Inc.

Located in Bloomington serving all surrounding areas

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Seeding & Sodding

It's not as simple as throwing some lawn seed down on your lawn. To make it successful, it requires specialized lawn equipment and experienced know-how.

Over-seeding can be done in spring or fall to thicken up the turf. We recommend aeration and lime in conjunction with the seeding. We offer both shady or sunny seed as indicated by your lawns needs.

Sometimes the area that was once sunny is becoming shadier and the tree canopy needs to be thinned out to give a little more sunlight to the lawn. As the shade increases over the years, an introduction of shady lawn seed can be helpful to thicken up a turf that was previously exposed to more sun.

Sodding installation or replacement is a great option for instant repairs to damaged turf.

Both seeding or sodding require diligent watering for best results.

We vertical slice or aerate multiple times, broadcast seed, and starter fertilizer.

We'll include a lawn evaluation to see what may be helpful to prevent the lawn from thinning out again.

Seeding:

We have a very effective program for getting grass to grow in the shade where grass has thinned out. This can be done in the early spring.

  • First we correct the soil pH with lime or gypsum.
  • Next we aerate the area.
  • We haul in soft top-soil to hold the seed if needed.
  • We plant a dense shade seed mixture, which blends well with most types of grasses and grows very well with little sunlight.
  • Finally we apply starter fertilizer to achieve a high germination rate.
  • Care for new seedling:
  • Do not fertilize or spray herbicides on new seedlings until new grass is ready to be mowed.
  • Keep ground moist at all times until new grass is ready to be mowed.
  • Don't let dirt turn gray, keep it moist and dark in color.
  • After it is tall enough to be mowed water as you would the rest of the lawn.
  • Set mower height between 2.5 and 3 inches, taller during summer months.
  • Do not fertilize or spray herbicides on new seedlings until new grass is ready to be mowed.
  • Keep ground moist at all times until new grass is ready to be mowed.
  • Don't let dirt turn gray, keep it moist and dark in color.
  • After it is tall enough to be mowed water as you would the rest of the lawn.
  • Set mower height between 2.5 and 3 inches, taller during summer months.

Sodding:

In sunny areas and along streets and driveways, sod works very well. We can install an "instant lawn" that will dwell in direct sun. Sod prevents weeds from growing and area can be maintained with any fertilizer and weed control program. Keep new sod moist until it is firmly rooted (sticks to the ground, and can't be pulled up by hand).

Seeding bare spots:

We will work up the soil, add new peat soil if needed, spread the right strains of seed for the amount of sunlight, and cover with mulch to keep it moist. This is best done in the spring, and will need to be keep watered more than other areas until the roots have developed and can tolerate the heat and drought of summer.

Over-seeding:

This is recommended for larger areas where the turf is thin, but not bare. Fall is the best time, as temperatures are cooler, but spring is also an option if you can keep the lawn watered adequately throughout the summer.

Seed results - One year later