A Simple Guide to Laying Grass Seed the Right Way
If you’re keen to promote a healthy garden space, then what better place to start than with your lawn? A healthy lawn doesn’t have to be something that you only see in gardening magazines; in fact if you get to know a few simple techniques and put them in to practice, you’ll soon be benefiting from a fresh looking lawn within a matter of months. It’s not as easy as sprinkling a few handfuls of seeds and hoping for the best however, and it will involve a bit of careful planning and attentiveness. Here’s a simple guide to laying grass seed the right way. read more...
1st October 2015
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<p>If you’re keen to promote a healthy garden space, then what better place to start than with your lawn? A healthy lawn doesn’t have to be something that you only see in gardening magazines; in fact if you get to know a few simple techniques and put them in to practice, you’ll soon be benefitting from a fresh looking lawn within a matter of months. It’s not as easy as sprinkling a few handfuls of seeds and hoping for the best however, and it will involve a bit of careful planning and attentiveness. Here’s a simple guide to laying grass seed the right way.</p>
<p><h2>1. Picking Your Season</h2></p>
<p>It’s well known that the sun can go a long way in plant growth, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a bit of winter gardening in the meantime. Different types of grass grows in different seasons, and if the weather is decent enough where you are – there’s really no reason why your garden should suffer without grass in the winter.</p>
<p>Knowing when to plant your grass seeds is very important, and the best way to plan revolves around the germination potential of your soil. If you’re hoping to grow grass in the winter, then aim to plant your seeds at the end of summer, or towards the beginning of autumn. Adversely, if you’re hoping for a summer lawn – then planting your seeds at the end of winter, or the start of spring is recommended.</p>
<p><h2>2. Preparing Your Soil</h2></p>
<p>Not all garden spaces need grass seeds to cover the area 100%. If your garden space already has an amount of grass, but features dead or dying patches, then your method of plantation will differ to a garden that has little to no grass at all. For gardens with grassy areas, then it won’t be worth sprinkling over these locations; instead focus on empty patches that could do with some focussed attention.
If the garden is completely bare, then it’s a good idea to turn the soil a few times, before sprinkling the grass seeds. Unlike plants that struggle to grow when not planted in deep soil, grass seeds are able to take root with little to no input; and turning the soil can act to encourage the seeds to take root faster, as they have a greater access to the nutrients that were previously underground.</p>
<p><h2>3. Reinforce Your Soil</h2></p>
<p>Once your seeds have been laid, the next step is to spread a thin layer of peat or compost over the surface. Many people opt to do this manually by simply spreading and pressing the soil wherever grass seeds are present, but a quicker method would be to use a rolling cage that can be wheeled over the surface of the soil.</p>
<p><h2>4. Repeat the Rolling Process</h2></p>
<p>The soil that you’ve just rolled could definitely do with a little more support, so consider rolling it one more time to ensure that the grass seeds are firmly positioned under the top layer. The aim isn’t to crush the seeds – it’s more to settle them in to their new environment whilst encouraging their growth.</p>
<p><h2>5. Evenly Sprinkle Water</h2></p>
<p>If your soil is already wet from rain or a recent watering, then you may not need to water it again until it shows signs of drying. If your soil is ready for watering however, then avoid using an intensive stream, and opt for a sprinkle instead. The intention is to soften the soil instead of saturating it, so just a light spray of water will typically be more than sufficient. Continue watering the soil until it no longer absorbs the spray, and then leave it be for a while so that the hydration can be soaked up properly. It is recommended that you aim for between 4 and 8 inches of water depth within your soil.</p>
<p><h2>6. Keep Your Soil Out Of Harm’s Way</h2></p>
<p>If there’s one way to interrupt the germination of grass seeds, it’s by disturbing their growth process. As much of a task as it may be, it’s very important to keep all external sources away from the newly laid soil. This means pets, children and even garden furniture should be kept away for at least a few weeks, or until the grass blades look strong enough to resist infrequent pressure.
A good way to encourage grass seed growth without covering the location entirely (which can be detrimental to the seeds’ need for sunlight), is to install a thin mesh fence around the area. This mesh can be laid over the soil, or vertically like a fence – but as soon as the grass grows to a noticeable height, remove all obstructions to ensure that the grass continues its growth as intended.</p>