Do you have an area in your lawn where the grass needs some replenishing? Want to avoid the cost of sodding, but still achieve a beautiful, lush lawn? The fact is, you can save money and be successful starting a new lawn from seed. You just need quality grass seed ideal for your growing conditions, well-prepared soil, and a little patience.
First, you want to make sure your soil is prepared to grow grass seed. Start by taking a walk around your lawn and making sure there are no large rocks or roots in the area you are looking to grow. Is the area sunny or shady? This could determine the type of seed you should choose to grow. Look for low spots that may need to be topped up with more soil.
Next you want to rake the lawn thoroughly, or even use a tiller if the ground is very compacted. The top 4-6 inches should be raked or tilled to ensure the ground is broken up sufficiently, introducing oxygen into the soil. If your soil needs some added nutrients, mix in some compost or fertilizer while tilling.
Start spreading your grass seed over the area, either by hand for a smaller area, or by using a spreader in larger areas. The average seed per square inch should be about 15, so make sure you use your grass seed liberally, but not too liberally. Spreading some lawn starter such as Scotts Starter Lawn Food gives your grass seed the best chance at growth. Spread the starter either before or after you seed, but always on the same day. Lastly, spread a small amount of topsoil on top of the seeds.
As with any plant, watering is the most essential part of the success of your lawn. You want to ensure that you are watering two times a week until your seedlings are well established. Water slowly and enough that the top inch of soil gets moist. Once the grass has reached mowing height you can limit your waterings to once or twice a week.
Grass tends to germinate within 5-30 days of planting. Remember that your watering schedule depends upon the weather conditions in your area!
Now you just need to be consistent with watering and mowing your lawn. When mowing, you should only cut the top third of the blade of grass. This ensures that your lawn stays full and thick, while not giving weeds an opportunity to sneak in. You can continue to feed your lawn with Scotts Turf Builder Lawn Food every 6-8 weeks to provide the nutrients your lawn needs to help crowd out weeds and withstand the stresses of heat, drought, and normal wear and tear.
Get everything you need at CLS Landscape Supply. From grass seed, lawn starter and lawn food, to rakes and hoses, we have your lawn covered.