MLB.com Digital Academy Instructional of the Week – October 21
By Dr. Amy Enfield, Ph.D.
Has your field lost its “Big League” appeal? Is it looking thin and brown? Let Scotts® help you get the thick, green outfield grass you’ve always wanted. Tackling seeding projects in the fall helps you grow thick, lush grass for next season – one that can better fend off weeds and stand up to games throughout the summer.
Think about what fall brings – cooler temperatures, more dew and rain, and plenty of sunshine. The soil is still warm enough for grass seed to germinate, and the cool air encourages the grass to grow a strong root system. There are usually fewer weeds for new grass to compete against, and diseases that attack seedlings are less active. That’s why fall is the best time for seeding your cool-season field.
The ideal time to seed cool-season grasses in the fall is from the middle of September through the middle of October. Follow these easy steps for a better field next spring:
(1) Set your mower to the lowest setting and mow the grass low. Also, remove the grass clippings. This will help the grass seed come into contact with the soil more easily.
(2) Rake in a thin, ¼-inch layer of compost or Scotts® Turf Builder® Lawn Soil™.
(3) Choose the best Scotts® Turf Builder® Grass Seed mix for your growing conditions – shade, full sun, high traffic, or a combination.
(4) Fill your spreader with grass seed, set it at the recommended spreader setting found on the back of every grass seed bag, and apply.
(5) To give seedlings the essential nutrients they need, apply Scotts® Turf Builder® Starter® Food for New Grass after spreading your grass seed.
(6) Use a sprinkler to keep the seeded area consistently moist until the new grass is 2 inches tall.
(7) Raise your mower back to one of the highest settings and start mowing when the grass seedlings reach a mowing height, 3-3.5 inches.
Scotts® Turf Builder® Grass Seed is available in a variety of cool-season grass seed mixes that will help you grow beautiful grass for your field no matter what growing conditions you have. And remember, seeding the field this fall will help it look Big League-ready next spring.
Dr. Amy Enfield has been with The Scotts Company since 2012. She has a split role as a digital marketing content specialist and a product knowledge expert with the Scotts Training Institute®. Amy received her BS and MS in Horticulture from Michigan State University and her PhD in Plant & Environmental Science from Clemson University.