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How to Manage Pests

The UC Guide to Healthy Lawns

Seed, fertilize, and irrigate

Spread seed

Spread seed at the correct rate for your species throughout the lawn with a drop, broadcast, or handheld spreader. On bare areas, broadcast the seed two or three times the normal rate. Cover the seed to a depth of 1/16 to 1/8 inch by raking it in and lightly rolling or firming the soil. For summer turf establishment, a thin layer of mulch (no more than 1/4 inch thick) can be spread over the seeds with a peat spreader to protect the seeds and keep the soil moist.

Add fertilizer

Starter fertilizer should be applied at planting time.

Keep the soil moist

Schedule frequent, light irrigations to keep the soil moist, but not soaked, until the grass is well established.

Next step to overseeding your lawn


Photo of spreading seed with a handheld spreader

Photo of spreading mulch over seeds with a peat spreader

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