Do you always dream of having a lush and immaculate lawn?
Well, it is easier to achieve than you think and you only need to know a few things. Although most people believe that you always have to plant your lawn by buying grass seedlings, it is possible to start off from seeds. In fact, seeds give you more control, and you can easily dictate how or what your lawn will look once the grass grows.
But, how do you plant grass from seed?
Easy, just get the right seeds and learn how to plant them. Of course, there is more to grass seed planting than this.
If you have always wanted to have some green grass in your compound, this article is for you. With the easy to follow and implement step by step directions for planting grass seed, you should have that lush lawn that you desire in no time. But, first, you will need to know how to pick the right grass seeds for your soil type.
How to Choose Grass Seed According to Your Soil Type
The first step when planting grass from seed is choosing the seed. Well, that sounds obvious, doesn’t it?
But, it is not always so for most people. In fact one of the main reasons why many people will fail when planting grass from seeds is because they did not pick the right seeds for their soil and climate.
And so the first step should always be to confirm your soil type. For many geographical areas, the soil will be sandy, clay or loamy. Although grass can grow in all these soil types each will be suitable for different types.
For example, clay soils have poor drainage and digging them can also be tough and this is more so in the hot summer months because the sun bakes the ground and makes it very hard. And so you need grass seeds that can be able to withstand these adverse conditions.
So which seeds are suitable for soil type?
Well, this depends on whether you are willing to work with the existing soil or amend it. Amending soil with compost will alter its structure, composition, and PH and hence making it suitable for the grass seeds that you want to plant. But the climate conditions can still make it hard to grow certain seed types.
Sandy soil tends to be the most problematic when planting grass seeds but there are still many types that can grow well in it. Bahiagrass is an example of grass that will grow well in sandy soil while buffalo grass thrives in clay loam soil. But even as you choose grass for your soil type it is important to note that there are different seed types for cold and warm seasons and so you should also consider the climate when choosing the seeds.
However, it is also possible to get seeds that do well in both conditions such as the Scotts Turf Builder Grass Seeds that will thrive in both sun and shade.back to menu ↑
How to Plant Grass Seeds
So now that you have suitable seeds for your soil type and climate what next?
How you plant grass is as critical as choosing the seeds, and so you need to know how to do it correctly. Be honest planting grass is not the simplest thing.
- You have been trying to plant different types for a while, but nothing seems to work?
- What can be the problem?
- Do you prepare the land well and use fertilizer?
- How do you spread the seeds?
Here is some step by step directions that answer all these questions to help you plant a lush green lawn.
Preparation makes all the difference when planting grass and it is the first and probably the most crucial step. So how do you prepare the land? Start by grading the site to ensure proper drainage and to make mowing easy. And once the planting site is conducive for planting, the next step is to work on your soil.
When preparing your soil, you should first start by testing the PH. You can do this with a PH test kit or by sending it to a local extension office for testing. Most grass types will grow fine when the soil PH is between 6 and 7.5. And so if your soil PH is lower or higher than this you will need to do some amendments. Use sulfur to correct high PH and lime to amend the low PH. But there are many other options to do either of the two.
As you are preparing the soil, you might also need to alter the nutrients. The PH test results will also outline the nutrients that soil need and so you should not have trouble with this. A high-quality soil fertilizer like the Safer Brand Ringer Lawn Restore can help to add nutrients to your soil. If the soil structure also needs amendment, you should do it at this point with an aerator and by mixing in compost and other organic matter.
With your soil ready the next step is to plant the seeds. And this should be easy for most people because there is nothing much to do here. There are also different ways of sowing the grass seeds. You can plant them with a lawn spreader like the Scotts Turf Mini Broadcast Spreader if you have a large lawn as it covers up to 5,000 square feet. Also using a spreader makes the process quick and easy for you.
But, if you have a small lawn you can just spread the seeds by hand but make sure you do it evenly. Avoid putting too many seeds in one place because they will fight for nutrients and room as they grow and hence leading to weak and thin grass.
Do you need to cover the seeds?
Yes, you do for them to grow just like you would when planting anything else. But, unlike many other plants, grass seeds will not require a thick soil cover to germinate. Use your garden rake to go over the seeds to spread them further and to cover them with a thin layer of soil. Make sure that you do not bury your grass seeds more than 6.4mm deep because most will not germinate.
Once the seeds are covered well the next step is to go over the site with a roller.
Sounds odd, doesn't it?
But it is not, and most seasoned gardeners will tell you that rolling is an important step when planting some seed types. Rolling ensures that your seeds remain planted in the soil firmly. And this is because rolling will pack the ground gently.
Why is this step necessary?
It will help to prevent your seeds from being blown away by the wind. You wouldn’t want to waste your time planting something that will not germinate, would you?
Your seeds need water to germinate. And so you will not have finished planting without watering. But, make sure you do it appropriately to prevent getting the ground soggy as this is not suitable for growth.
For newly planted seeds watering about three times a day is enough. However, this will depend on the season because they will need less water if it is not hot as the rate of evaporation is low. As your seeds start to germinate, you can reduce the frequency of watering
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Mow and Maintaining
It takes anywhere between 5 and 21 days for grass seeds to germinate depending on their types. Also, most will then take up to 10 weeks for their roots to become established. But, it will take an entire season for most grass types to mature enough to withstand steady foot traffic and mowing.
Do you need to know all this?
Yes, these timelines are essential to keep in mind when managing the growth of your grass.
When your grass is about 3 inches tall, it will be ready for mowing. It is vital to follow best lawn mowing practices, and this is more so when it comes to the appropriate mowing height for your grass type. Avoid removing too much grass when mowing because this will stress and make the lawn weak and hence more prone to lawn diseases and weeds.
For maintenance, you need to make sure that there is not much foot traffic on your grass during its first season as it is still weak.
Also, water it regularly to make sure that it gets at least an inch of water every week. You should then begin fertilizing it about 8 weeks after germination and do it at least four times a year or according to the grass type or the soil test recommendations.
Planting a beautiful lawn from seeds is that easy, and anyone can do it with a little effort. And you will not need to spend a lot of cash or time when doing it because there is nothing much to buy or do. Now that you know how to plant grass seeds nothing should stop you from getting that lush and immaculate lawn you have wanted for a long time.
So now are you ready to start planting your grass seeds?
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