Tools Needed for this project
Beside the tools showing in the pictures below, you would need a rake and a wheelbarrow to make the job easy for you. The Electric Aerator can make your job so much easier but if you have the power to do manual work then the Thatch Rake will do. The spreader is necessary to spread out the grass seeds as well as the fertilizer. There is one more tool that I didn't have a picture of but it's called Grass Aerator, basically a tool that looks like fork but it has hollow spikes, used to make holes in the yard to allow for proper watering and drainage in your lawn.
Put family to work
It's always a good idea to put the entire family to work so everyone can contribute to some productive work. It's fun! And for me, I can just point fingers and say do this and do that. 🙂 Things get done easily this way.
I got my inspiration visiting a lot of homes observing the landscaping layouts, arrangements and type of contents used. I highly recommend you look around your neighborhood or new developments to get some ideas of what you may do as a DIY project.
As for tackling the dying grass outside our newly bought home, I had to rejuvenate the soil using the aerator to dig up old death grass and stir up the soil to allow oxygen to get through. After running that aerator throughout the yard, I used rake to pull out all the remaining death grass and hollow green grass aerator to dig lots of holes in the front yard. After all that's done it's time to spread some seeds.
The spreader is used to evenly distribute the first layer of seed. After that, I used a few bags of compost soil and evenly spread that out on top of the first layer of seeds. I then spread another layer of seeds but then I use the back of a softer rake to kinda cover the seeds with the compost soil. I then spread a layer of fertilizer and water the entire front yard.
Every morning I would water the lawn until the soil is soaked wet. When the grass is 3 inches tall, then I cut them with an electric lawnmower.
Electric power tools is the way to go for most houses in the cities. If you have a humongous yard, then you may need gas powered tools.
When your grass is back to green and beautiful, then it's time to add some tools to your collection. I bought an electric weed eater and an electric edger. I realized later that I only needed one and that would be the weed eater because you can use it for both cutting the hard to get to areas as well as using it for edging. If I knew what I know now, I would have just bought the weed eater.
I must emphasize doing two layers of seeds when doing the over seeding of your yard. The reason I did it was to ensure that the seeds do germinate and I am afraid that they may expose to too much sunlight or to too much watering as well as getting picked up by insects or animals. I was just too cautious and found out that it worked perfectly at least in the Seattle spring weather.
Before I even contemplate doing the yard as a DIY project, I called several landscaping companies to give me a quote of how much it would cost for them to bring back the beautiful green grass but boy they asked for too much. The quote was no less than $3,000. It's not worth it.
You can do it on own for less than $400 the first time just because you must buy the tools otherwise the seeds and fertilizers do not cost that much. This is one of the reasons I chose this as a DIY project.