Step 6: Rake and Water

roger cook showing how to rake and water ro prepare your lawn for winter
Photo: Kindra Clineff
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Mix the seeds into the compost with a leaf rake held tines up, as shown. Water lightly—5 minutes at a time, two to three times a day—until the seeds sprout. Then water once a day for 15 to 30 minutes. Mow the lawn again when the existing grass reaches 3 inches; bag the clippings. After leaves have fallen, cut the grass back to 1½ inches for its long winter's nap.
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    Tools List

    • lawn mower
      Lawn mower
    • Core aerator
    • wheelbarrow
      Wheelbarrow
    • snow shovel
      Snow shovel
    • rotary spreader
      Spreader (rotary or drop)
    • plastic rake
      Leaf rake

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