Preparation and Planting
The best time to start planting your lawn begins in August. At this time of the year, the weather conditions are perfect for seeding – the soil is still warm and precipitation is increased.
Whether you’re planting a brand-new lawn or rejuvenating the existing one, the first step in a process is to prepare the ground by removing all trash and shrubs. The next step is to weed and fertilize the soil with peat or compost. If you plan on setting up an irrigation system, install it before planting the grass.
Finally, you have to find the best-matching pre-sowing fertilizer in order to help your lawn grow and strengthen its root systems, as well as to provide the grass with all the necessary minerals and vitamins. Your top choice should contain plenty of phosphorus and potassium, some nitrogen and other microelements. All plants are in need of iron, molybdenum, and zinc.
Choice and Selection
If you want to grow a low-maintenance lawn, which would have an ability to resist weather conditions as well as all kinds of weeds, pests, and diseases, you can mix grass seeds of various kinds. Planted on the same lawn, different varieties of grass not only adapt to different conditions more quickly but also have a more vivid and rich green color.
While purchasing grass seeds, decide how you’re going to use the lawn. If it will grow in a sunny spot and be used for active games, it is worth choosing a composition with meadow grass and bentgrass, commonly found in sports lawns. For a small lawn in your front yard, the universal composition is suitable – in addition to meadow grass, it contains fescue and ryegrass and will be able to retain a decorative appearance both in the sun and in the penumbra. Ryegrass-dominated parterre lawn, on the other hand, quickly forms a decorative, very delicate and velvety grass, but needs everyday maintenance and poorly withstands pressure.
Please note that the germination of different strains of grass varies dramatically. When purchasing a package with a lawn grass seeds mixture, be sure to read the instructions and tips for planting a specific one.
Sowing and Care
Seeding of the lawn should be carried out in dry, windless weather. The norm considered for sowing is 6-7.5 pounds of seeds per 1,000 sq ft of area. Next, the seeds are covered with a layer of soil or sifted peat under an inch thick. Then, your soon-to-be lawn needs to be carefully watered, preferably using water sprinkles to prevent puddles from accumulating.
A brand new lawn needs to be watered regularly, as dry soil slows down the germination and some seeds might fail to sprout. Young sprouts usually start to appear within the next 2-3 weeks.
Before the first mowing session, it’s not recommended to walk on the lawn, as the rooting system can easily get damaged. The first mowing needs to be done when the grass grows out to be around 4-5 inches. Don’t cut your lawn too short as it still needs to strengthen.
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