Everyone loves that lawn surrounding their home, or a field that brings in that rich, fresh green, natural look. It all starts with a seed, it grows into that grass lawn that everyone marvels at. It is therefore advisable to consider the location in which the grass is to be grown. How is the soil acidity? What type of grass best suits the area? If you have previously grown a lawn, is the one you want to add compatible to the already existing one?
When is the best time for planting grass seeds? Grass seeds are planted in spring and fall, for better, desired results.
One mistake most people make is approximating how much seed they need, then in the end, running out of the seed. To avoid this circumstance, it is better to buy seeds in surplus than for it to become scarce- buy more than enough, to be on the safe side.
Preparing the soil is most crucial part. Loosen the top soil- two to three inches from the top. Removing debris such as sticks and stones is compulsory. Break up the soil clumps that are larger than your palm. It is also good to level the ground where water might soak up. Then you are good to go.
Unlike what is expected, applying weed killer on your seed bed before you plant is not a good idea, but rather, the seed will die prematurely as it will be killed by the weed killer. Only use weed killer after you have planted the seed. Most preferred is using mechanical means such as digging out the weed, instead of using chemicals.
So now you have known best type of seed to plant, have prepared the seed bed. The next step is to irrigate the seed bed at least two weeks prior to planting. This will ensure the soil has soaked up enough water hence ready for the seed.
To ensure complete coverage, sow half the seed in one direction then the remaining half in at right angles. After planting, using mulch to cover the seed area is advised. This will not only keep the seed area moisturized but also prevent birds from eating the seeds. Steer manure is preferred as it also adds nutrients to the seeds.
.Water frequently so as to keep the seeds moist. However, do not saturate. You may cut back to watering only once a day as soon as the grass reaches about one inch in height. This is because the grass is past the germination stage, and can now be watered less frequently.
<p>Mow when the grass reaches two and a half inches. This should not be done any time lesser than the stated. It is also risky not to mow after the grass has grown to three inches. Great caution should be taken since after it has been mowed for three times, a regular watering scheme should be applied one inch per week.
Apply a starter fertilizer after the seeds germinate, then later on after three to four weeks into growth. This is because the fist application is leached down as you constantly water the seed for normal growth, sending them beyond the roots where the young plants cant reach.
From then, just water less frequently, and watch the grass seed grow into the beautiful lawn you desire. Planting grass requires a bit of work, but when done well, the results are astonishing- and worth it.