The rule of thumb for establishing your garden grass lawn properly is by starting with three main tasks. Firstly, the task of preparing a rich seed bed and at the same time keeping it wet. The second important thing is to consistently moist the soil in order for you to have an effective seed germination along with root establishment. Finally, you should keep them off from being disturbed by human or animal traffic within the area of the lawn. In addition, do not allow the usage of lawn mowers during that period so that you allow the roots to naturally become well established, growing deep in search of nutrients and also knitting together and form a lush carpet.
To seed your lawn, you need:
Prepare your seed bed properly
How to Seed Your Lawn
How to Seed Your Lawn
The first thing that you need to do is to prepare a seed bed properly in order to create a lush lawn.
The depth of your seed bed should be at least 3 inches.
Make sure that you discard of any stones, plant roots and also any debris that you notice within the seed bed.
Next, you need to amend the soil by using compost, well-aged manure and a lawn starter fertilizer.
Then, you must work the amendments into the soil well enough until it is smooth to a level where you can rake it easily.
When you seed your lawn, make sure that you managed to create it to be slightly moistened seed bed that can assist your grass seed to stick and at the same time nestle right into the soil.
You must remember that grass seed requires soil that is constantly moist-to-wet. This is important from the moment you start to sow the seed through its establishment phase.
If you want to reduce the usage of water, you should start to sow your grass seed during the spring and fall season. This will assist you in reducing the watering stress during germination with mild temperatures, plus also avoid the heat and sun during the summer.
The routine watering of your newly sowed grass seed should be done once in the morning and once in the evening. This is to maintain them to be moderately moist and not soaking wet.
If you encounter dry or hot climates, you might need to water it for the third time but in short session watering schedule right until the grass shoots reach at least 2 inches of height.
When you reach the fifth of the sixth week, you can return to water the seeds every 3 to 4 days.
Once you reached the 10th week of growth, you should start maintaining its watering schedule of 1 inch of water per week that you apply either in one or two deep watering sessions.
During its establishment phase, you will find that the lawn is a delicate plant.
The lawn’s new form roots will always be the support during its life cycle where it will grow deep in order to reach for nutrients and at the same time protect the lawn from draught.
Things that can delay the development of the roots are any or disruption that creates micro tears to the roots.
Do not allow any man or animal traffic to enter your newly seeded grass at least 8 weeks or up to 12 weeks for slower-growing grass varietals.
Do not mow the lawn until the glass blades are at least 3 inches or more in height or approximately 8 weeks.
Whenever you want to mow your lawn for the first time, make sure to remove a third of the blade length before continuing to reduce the height of your mower. Then, you need to remove a third at a time in subsequent mowings until you managed to reach your expected maintenance blade length.
DO NOT use fertilizer on your new lawn at least for 6 weeks in order for the roots to develop without forcing the plant energy to produce green blade top growth.
Always remember that whenever you want to seed your lawn
Do not spread fertilizer, lime, or sulfur using your bare hand or even mixed them together in the spreader. All of them should be applied at different and specific rates according to the manufacturer’s instruction.