Just because it’s easier, let’s assume that you have no grass at all or that your grass is mostly dead and you need to start from square one. There are many, many people out there who have had their homes built and now are faced with a patch of dirt where grass should be. Planting grass seed in the is a wonderful thing to start in your brand new lawn making sure that its nice and green for your summer pool parties.But if you have a home of your own and you don’t know how to plant grass seed then you’re missing out on the potential paradise you can furnish for yourself down here on earth. Worry not, this article and resources like LivingHorticulturally can help you understand the basics of planting grass!
Understand your land
The primary objective is to know the environment to which your lawn will have to be accustomed to. Never take things for granted like: the amount of shade or sunshine in the area; whether your children play there very often; the predominant weather and the number of trees in the area. Doing a proper survey of your area will give you direction when you have to buy the seed. For example, if the area in shady you might want to cut down some trees to increase sun exposure.
Preparing the soil
When that has been done the next step is tilling and raking. Depending on the soil’s structure and texture you should consider whether to dig with a hoe or with a mechanical implement. But before tilling the soil must be soft so that the soil structure isn’t destroyed if it’s tilled when dry. Remove stones and sticks that will inevitably block the germination path of seedlings. In the same process you will have to remove weeds and apply herbicides afterwards to make sure the growth of the grass isn’t disturbed when they have to compete for nutrients. Next thing is to level the soil with a rake to achieve a fine surface for germination.
A soil test is what you’d have to carry out to establish what the pH is (acidic or alkaline) and what type of nutrients are lacking for effective grass growth. Nitrogen deficiency will lead to stunted growth of the lawn and a potassium deficiency will result in yellowy and pale looking grass. Just take random soil samples and take them to an expert, it won’t cost you a lot but it will help you achieve your desired lawn.
Planting is what comes after that. The right timing means that you don’t grow the grass in extreme winter when germination can be slowed down. Simply take the best grass seed and throw it carefully without applying too little or too much. Then take a rake and cover the seed shallowly, not too deep because seeds are small and they might struggle to germinate. Proceed to water the area, but again careful not to displace seeds by waterfalls of water.
Once the grass has grown in the appropriate spots, tend to your lawn by mowing it and continuing to water frequently. Try to steer clear of walking on the new grass while it is growing.