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Seed & Sod for a Lush Lawn

Seed & Sod for a Lush Lawn

Seeding Your Lawn

Your lawn can become thin and patchy for many reasons including shade, heavy traffic, drought, insects, and disease. To rejuvenate and thicken your lawn, over seed in spring and/or early fall.

  • Start by cutting the lawn shorter than usual and rake the area thoroughly.
  • Put down a root-promoting fertilizer like Fafard Viva Lawn®.
  • Prepare the area for repair by raking it clean and roughen up the soil surface with a rake.
  • In the area to be seeded spread 2.5 cm (1″) of Viva Lawn Repair. Do not use Topsoil or 3 in 1 when seeding as they’re too heavy and will smother tender young seedlings as well as your existing lawn.
  • Spread the seed by hand. Use 20% more grass seed than you need to ensure good coverage and to account for birds eating the seed. For larger areas or for over seeding the entire lawn, use a rotary spreader.
  • Rake in seed lightly with a grass rake and tamp gently.
  • Rope off seeded area to avoid disturbance to the seedbed.
  • Water well and keep moist for the next 4-5 weeks. The bluegrass content in the Scotts® seed mixtures takes approx 3-4 weeks to germinate.
  • For even thicker turf, seed again in September when the days are still warm and the evenings cool.
  • You can safely mow your newly seeded lawn when it’s 5 cm – 6 cm (2″ – 2.5″) high.

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Seeding a New Lawn

  • To seed a new lawn, remove all stones and construction materials from the site.
  • Wood that’s buried will cause mushrooms to grow in your lawn. This will continue until the wood’s completely decomposed which can take several years.
  • Slope the area gently away from the house and rake level.
  • Be sure you have a 10 cm (4″) base of top quality topsoil or 3-in-1.To calculate your soil and grass seed needs, bring in your square footage to our Garden Centre. A staff member will determine how much you need.
  • Spread the soil over your lawn area, add Fafard Viva Lawn®, according to the package instructions on the box and mix into the existing soil with a rototiller.
  • Rake the soil level, spread seed, and tamp according to the instructions above.
  • Rope off the seeded area and keep well watered for 4-5 weeks.

Want an even nicer lawn? Learn more about lawn fertilization.


Sod is the quickest way to repair bald spots. It comes in rolls approximately 2 m (6.5′) long and 40 cm (16″) wide and is easily cut to fit.

  • Follow the preparation instructions above for seeding a new lawn and start laying the rolls of sod starting at the rear of your area and work to the front so you’re not walking on the new sod.
  • Ensure each strip is firmly butted up against the previous one so there aren’t any gaps.
  • With a lawn roller that’s one-third filled with water (any more and it will be too heavy) roll the whole area to eliminate air pockets and to ensure the sod makes contact with the soil below.
  • Water the area for 3-4 hours afterward.
  • Lift a corner of the sod to make sure water has penetrated through the sod to the soil base below.
  • Water each day for the next 2 weeks and keep moist during hot summer weather.
  • Mow as needed.