Lawn Care Frequently Asked Questions

How much should I plant for a new lawn?

This answer varies tremendously depending on the type of grass seed you are planting. For example, centipede grass may only require 1/2 lb per 1000 sq. ft. whereas ryegrass may require 10 lbs per 1000 sq. ft. Seed specific seed for planting requirements.

What types of fertilizer should I use and when should I use them?

EE CHART BELOW — This chart is to be used only as a guide. For proper timing of any fertilizer application read the label. For additional assistance with regard to timing, rates or setting a turf fertilization program geared specifically for your site, consult your local nursery store.

Products Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Weed & Feed
6-0-0 Moss Control


The above fertilizers or a fertilizer with the same ratio IE 25-7-12 or a 3-1-2 ratio fertilizer. These times can vary for different regions. You should contact your local nursery to determine an appropriate fertilization schedule for your area and grass type.

When do I mow my new yard for the first time?

This will vary upon which type of turf grass you have. The most common is Perennial Ryegrass and it can be mowed at 3 inches down to 2 inches.

How much should I water my new yard?

This will depend on the temperature. You want to make sure your seed never dries out, but do not let the water make puddles in your yard.

Why did my seed germ and then die?

There are a few different reasons for this.

  1. Soil too acid or low fertility
  2. Insects or diseases
  3. Drought
  4. Weed competition
  5. Extreme temperatures (hot or cold)
  6. Soil crusted at surface
  7. Planted to deep

Why did my seed fail to germinate?

  1. Did your seed dry out (not get enough water)
  2. Unfavorable temperatures
  3. Herbicide residue
  4. Waterlogged soil

What guidelines should I follow to maintain my yard year around?

  1. Annual overseeding to maintain a thick heathly lawn (recommend 3 to 5 pounds per 1000 square feet for Perennial Ryegrass and Perennial Ryegrass mixes)
  2. Start a fertilization program to meet you lawns needs (see fertilization table above).
  3. Lime yearly
    1. Spring (March-June)
    2. Fall is ideal at rate of 50 to 100 pounds per 1000 square feet.
  4. Mow at 1 1/2 to 2 inches for established lawns(do not mow off more than 3 inches at a time to avoid causing brown tips)
  5. Make sure to use the proper grass for your area.
  6. Weed Control program – as needed. Call local nursery for recommendations.
  7. Annual aeration and Bi-annual thatching.

How to I figure out how much seed I need?

  1. Circle = radius squared x 3.1415; or diameter squared x 0.7854
  2. Rectangle, Parallellogram or Square = Length x Width
  3. Right Triangle = Length x Width divided by 2
  4. Other Triangles = Base x Height at right to base divided by 2

How to I figure out how much fertilizer I need?

Read directions on package for spreading rate.

  1. Circle = radius squared x 3.1415; or diameter squared x 0.7854
  2. Rectangle, Parallellogram or Square = Length x Width
  3. Right Triangle = Length x Width divided by 2
  4. Other Triangles = Base x Height at right to base divided by 2

Several bags of lawn care products got wet in the bag. Are they still good?

This depends on what type of products and how much moisture they absorbed.

Lawn Seed: If you use your seed right away it will be fine.
Fertilizer: If you can break it up to go through a spreader it will be ok. Large clumps can damage your grass so if you can’t spread it, don’t use it.
Weed & Feed and Crabgrass Preventer: These will loose there effectiveness soon after they get wet. If it was wet when you purchased it call your retailer.

Is it ok to lime and fertilize at the same time?

yes and no, you may lime and fertilize in the same day, however it is not recommended that you mix the products and spread at the same time. Do not apply more than 50 pounds per 1000 square feet of lime when doing this.

Where do I set my spreader?

This depends on what you are spreading;
Lawn seed, fertilizer products, lime, etc will all spread at differant settings. Fertilizer bags will often have the settings for the most common types of spreaders if it is not listed try calling 800-874-8892 (pursell) hotline number they should be able to help you.

After I fertilized my lawn did not green up, Why?

There are 3 main causes for this, they are:

1. Didn’t use enough fertilizer, may need to double check how much area you have, make sure your spreader isn’t clogged keeping it from spreading properly, and double check your spreader setting.
2. Fertilizer did not get adequate water to soak into the grass roots, may need to use a sprinkler if there has been little rain (less than one inch from fertilizer application time).
3. Fertilizer may have been applied at the wrong time of year. If your unsure about this contact your local retail or email us at for more information.
You should see your grass green up in 3 to 5 days.