Seeding or planting your lawn is an easy task and can be completed with success when you know what to do. When planting grass seeds here are 5 essential steps to achieve the best results.
1. Purchase High-Quality Grass Seed
The best lawn will only grow from the best type of grass seeds. When it comes to choosing top-rated grass seed, you should be looking for the NTEP rated varieties. This means they have been rated and evaluated independently by the National Turf Evaluation Program. NTEP ratings associated with grass seeds translates into buying grass seeds which have been bred specifically for the best green color, insect and disease resistance along with drought tolerance. The actual price for this type of grass seeds is insignificant to time spent in building the best lawn. To achieve the very best in your lawn results you have to start with the best type of grass seed.
2. Prepare Your Soil the Brandon Foster Way
If you are planting a lawn from scratch here are the steps to follow:
• Brandon Foster recommends to loosen the first 2 to 3-inches of soil
• Remove any debris such as stones and sticks from the entire area
• Break up any soil clumps that are bigger than a ½ dollar
• Try to prevent soil that is too fine, small clumps are preferable
• Level out the areas where water may collect
• Fertilize after you have seeded using a good quality fertilizer
• Avoid using any type of weed killer after or before you plant your seeds
Steps For Overseeding On An Existing Lawn:
• Mow your grass on the shortest setting possible
• Where there are bare spots, loosen the first 1/4 -inch of your soil
• Remove dead grass and debris
• Level out areas where water can collect. Use the existing topsoil as an added soil can contain weed seeds
• Fertilize your bare spots after you have overseeded using a good quality starter fertilizer
3. Brandon Foster – Planting Your Grass Seed
The seed needs to be spread evenly over small areas by hand. You can either use a lawn spreader or your hand to spread the seeds or invest in a mechanical -seeder when you have a large area to cover. Stick to around 16 seeds for each square inch. If you plant too many seeds close to one another, this results in the seedlings fighting for nutrients and space and the grass will become thin or weak over these areas.
4. Cover The Seeds
Lightly drag your grass-seed bed ensuring that you do not exceed more than ¼-inch of topsoil to cover the grass seeds. It is recommended to cover the bed with a product such as mulch that contains a fertilizer to ensure the seeds stay in place as well as retain moisture.
5. Brandon Foster – Water Frequently
You need to ensure that your grass-seed bed stays moist in order to enhance and promote germination. You need to water lightly by avoiding over saturating the bed at least once a day until the new grass is at least 2-inches in height. You need to water your new grass a lot more often than an established lawn to make sure the roots stay moist.
When Is The Best Time To Plant Your Grass Seed?
For the best results, it is recommended to plant grass seed in the fall or spring. If you plan to plant your grass seed in the spring, avoid applying weed-control products to your grass. You should only start to use weed control after the seeds have germinated and you have already mowed your lawn 3 times or more.
How To Grow Greener Grass With These Important Tips
• Avoid mowing your grass when it is wet. This will leave behind clumps of clippings that will smother your grass underneath.
• Make sure you wash the spreader every-time you use it, particularly after you have used a fertilizer. Fertilizers are made up of salts and will eat away at metal parts.
• Aerate your lawn in the Fall when you have clay or loamy soil. You should conduct this activity before fertilizing. You can easily rent an aerator making sure you aerate the grass from either direction. This assists in loosening up your soil as well as a way for the fertilizer you use to penetrate a lot deeper inside the soil.
• Rake up leaves and any other debris in the months of fall and winter, as soggy leaves can suffocate any new sprouts that come out in spring as well as leave behind dead-spots on your lawn. Dead leaves and debris are also a breeding ground for pests and diseases.
• Choose a “slow-release” fertilizer. Rather than choosing to feed your lawn in one go, this type of fertilizer feeds your lawn over a much longer period. This type of fertilizer may be associated with a higher price tag, but really is a worthwhile investment.