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Seeding Your Lawn

Seeding Your Lawn

If you want to start your lawn from seed, then there is some information you need to know before you begin seeding. The advantages of planting grass seed over installing sod are that seed planting is much less costly and there are many more varieties of grasses to choose from. While there is a lot of labor and time involved when you plant seeds, the lovely results are rewarding and are well worth your time.

What seeds should you buy? You must take your local climate into consideration when making this decision. Take a look at your yard and figure out whether the area is wet or dry, if it is shady or gets full sun exposure. You also need to determine what type of soil you have. This will help you make the right choice for your lawn.

Adding Some Sand

You will need to add some sand to the mixture before planting the grass seed if your soil doesn’t drain well. This will keep the ground from becoming waterlogged and drowning your seeds. Be sure to check the pH level of your soil. Most lawns ideally thrive with a pH level of 6.5 to 7.0. If your soil is not in this range, you may need to adjust it to attain this level.

The real work now lies ahead. The first step you should take after preparing the site is to add a layer of organic material to your topsoil. Some people don’t use topsoil, and instead, use peat moss. Compost and manure, at a minimum of one inch thick should do the trick. Make sure you leave the mixture loose so that the roots can spread out. Consult a planting guide or ask questions at a local gardening center if you have any questions.

You May Need Fertilizer

Before seeding your lawn and while doing the final prep work, consider adding fertilizer to the soil. It helps give the seeds an extra boost at planting time. Remember to put the fertilizer down around a week before you plant the seeds or you run the risk of burning the seeds with the chemicals. Now it is time to start sowing! Read the information provided by the seed company regarding how you should start sowing.

To begin sowing your lawn, you can do it by hand or you can use a spreader, it is completely up to you. It may be easier to divide your lawn into sections and sow each section one at a time.

So The Seed In Two Directions

To make sure you have an even spread of seeds, sow in two directions. You will need to rake the seed into the soil after you have spread it out. Spray a fine mist of water to help them start to germinate. To prevent birds from eating your newly sown lawn, you can crisscross string about four inches above the soil surface.

Now it is time to sit back and watch your grass grow. Within seven to fourteen days, you should see seedlings starting to appear. Don’t forget to water your lawn with a faint mist, to keep the seeds moist but not saturated.

Seeding your own lawn does require effort and attention on your part, and to keep yourself motivated during the process, try to picture the lush green lawn you will have in just a short time!

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