Tips for Seeding your Lawn

Posted on April 6th, 2017

DO NOT SET YOURSELF UP FOR FAILURE

(TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL GRASS SEEDING OF A SMALL SECTION OF LAWN)

Do not take on more than you can handle.  Most of us have very busy schedules.  Those little things like work and kids tend to get in the way of having a “perfect lawn”.  Who’d a thunk?!  You may not have the time or energy to get a “perfect” lawn but with little baby steps, you can have a “better” lawn.  Just don’t set yourself up for failure.

One other little thing that gets in the way of having a “perfect” lawn is water.  Most of us do not have a sprinkler system and we may be limited to how much water we can use because of a well.  This is why I want you take on small areas of seeding at a time.  Prioritize.  Seed the section of the lawn that is most important to you.  Maybe it is in the front where everyone drives by or maybe it’s in the back where you enjoy dinner on your deck.  Take one section of the lawn that you can nurture…one section where you can properly prepare the ground…one section where you can manage to water it daily.  If you start small, seeding one section at a time, before you know it, your whole lawn will be close to “perfect.”

Since you have now chosen the section of your lawn that is most important to make “better”, let’s seed it! Get out there and rake the heck out of that little patch of lawn.  If you have a steel rake or landscape rake, do not be afraid to use it. Get up all the sticks, leaves, and moss that may be invading your space. Do not worry if you tear up some grass along the way.  The cleaner the slate is, the better.  If you have any way of aerating that section of lawn, go for it.  Use your aerating spike shoes, your garden weasel, or a good old fashioned hoe to loosen up the soil.  Put down a thin layer of topsoil.  A half inch will do.  Spread the grass seed in a single layer, tight together but not piled on top of each other.  Press the new seed into the topsoil with a tamper, the back side of a shovel, or your feet.  Your section should be small enough, that hand sowing the seed will work just fine.

Almost done.  Fertilize your new patch of seed in one of 2 ways.  Sprinkle Grass Seed Accelerator over top of the new seed and water it in. It will fertilize and hold in moisture for the new seed.  Another option is to use Starter Fertilizer, sprinkled right over top of the grass seed with a layer of chopped up straw to top it all off. 

You are not completely off the hook yet.  Remember the most important part to having success with your little patch of lawn is water.  Water is the key.  This is why I wanted all of you with super busy schedules to start small.  Grass seed needs to be kept damp daily.  If Mother Nature is not contributing, it is up to you to get out there and water.  A half hour, preferably at the early part of the day, will be just about enough to keep that seed wet.  Once the seed germinates and grows to about 1inch tall, change up your watering program.  Water every other day for a full hour.  Just set a sprinkler out there and turn it on in passing. Once the new seed reaches 2 inches in height, change it up again.  Water every 2 days for 2 hours.  If you can do this, you may almost reach perfection in your little patch of lawn.  Relax and enjoy.

Thanks a Bunch!

Stacey Pope

STACEY’S SHOPPING LIST:

*Van Wilgen’s Top Soil

*Van Wilgen’s Premium Grass Seed

*Greenview Grass Seed Accelerator

*Espoma Starter Fertilizer

*Mainely Mulch Straw & Hay