Carpetgrass Seeding and Propagation
Starting a new lawn by Carpetgrass seeding is similar to many other grasses. Proper soil preparation is important. Tilling or cultivating the soil is recommended. Debris such as stones and twigs should be removed. Add any amendments at this time. Work in a good starter fertilizer. Fertilizers such as a 28-24-6 would be ideal. You need a fertilizer that has a generous amount of nitrogen (28) and a higher rate of phosphorous then usual. (24) the phosphorous will encourage vigorous root growth in your new lawn helping it to establish itself into a dense turf.
Adding composted material or peat moss at this time is advisable as well. Mix the top area well and plant the Carpetgrass seed to a depth of no more then ½”. Lightly rake over the seed so that it is covered. Seed at a rate of 8-10 pounds per 1000 Square Feet. Use straw as a light mulch to prevent erosion. Water daily for 30 days to give all of the seed a good chance to germinate.
Over Seeding Existing Lawn
Cut the existing lawn as close as possible without scalping it. Rake or scratch the soil and apply the seed over it at the rate of 4-5 pounds per 1000 Square. Follow mulching and watering instructions as listed above.
WARNING, Do not use any weed and feed fertilizers or weed preventative applications when seeding a lawn