Now is the time to be seeding or reseeding those drought stricken lawns. The proper rate of seed per 1,000 square feet on a new lawn is 8 to 10 pounds. For over seeding the rate is 4 to 5 pounds. When over seeding you need to first mow the existing grass short and remove all the thatch possible. Keeping the new seed damp at all times is essential to obtain a good stand. You want the ground wet but be careful not to over water and wash the seed away.