5 Newbie Tips for Lawn Seeding Success

Most homeowners love the idea of a lush and luxuriant lawn. Surrounding yourself with greenery can help you to relax from the stresses of modern life, and there are few things nicer than curling your toes in soft, cool, springy turf. Plus, if you have kids or outdoor pets, you want them to have a safe and beautiful space to play and get some fresh air. But if you move into a new home only to discover that the last owner’s idea of landscaping included a dry, patchy lawn, you might be looking to correct their oversight. And you have a couple of options: you can either pull up the old grass, refresh the soil, and roll out some sod for an instant reset on your lawn or you can coax the lawn back to life with water, fertilizer, and a healthy re-seeding. The second option will save you a lot of money and it generally only takes a few weeks to a couple of months for your lawn to fill in. But you have to do it right. So here are just a few tips to help you succeed when you seed.

  1. Don’t seed when it’s windy. This seems pretty obvious, but if you’ve never seeded a lawn before, you might not realize that it can take a while for grass to take root. And in the meantime, strong winds can carry away your seeds, perhaps helping to fill in your neighbors’ lawns instead of yours. Keep in mind that you can seed in different seasons for different effects, as well (like overseeding in the fall). You can talk to a professional at your local nursery to find out how to properly maintain your lawn and keep it lush throughout the year.
  2. Choose the right grass. Whenever you seed, it’s a good idea to make sure you’re using the right kind of grass. This could mean matching your seed to the grass that makes up your current lawn. Or you might look for native grasses that are more likely to thrive in your climate. Drought-resistant species are also an option, especially if your municipality features water conservation laws where lawns are concerned. However, you also want to be careful to select quality seed, so watch out for weeds, stems, and empty hulls.
  3. Loosen the soil. Hard-packed dirt is difficult for roots to penetrate, so before you seed you should loosen or turn the soil. The state of your lawn and your soil may determine the tools you need for this task. Hard, dry turf might require something as strong as a pickaxe or shovel to break up, whereas as better conditions may only call for a hoe, rake, or spading fork of some sort.
  4. Seed, fertilize, and water appropriately. This is where inexperienced gardeners are likely to have problems in the seeding process, and the tendency is to overdo it on all fronts. However, too much seed can leave you with weak shoots that are competing for nutrients, an overabundance of fertilizer can burn your grass or promote weeds that choke out your lawn, and the liberal application of water can lead to root rot or actually drown your plants. Using a spreader tool should help you to avoid over-seeding, you can follow charts for fertilizing, and dirt should be kept moist but not muddy until your grass gets to be about two inches high, after which you can probably cut back.
  5. Consider hiring help. If you’re worried about your ability to seed a lawn, much less plant a garden or engage inĀ landscape design, you might want to call in a professional likeĀ Michael Hatcher & Associates to give you a hand. At the very least, an experienced landscaper can restore your outdoor space to its former glory. But you may also be able to follow along in order to learn how to properly seed your lawn should you experience future problems.

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