Seeding your lawn is a straight forward procedure that can be accomplished by anyone. If you are looking at putting new seed down to enhance the look of your lawn and overall Modesto landscaping then follow our five guidelines for optimal results:
Buy Top Of The Line Seed
If you want a great lawn then you’re going to need to invest in the best grass seed you can afford. Top of the line grass seed is routinely evaluated by the NTEP (National Turf Evaluation Program), so it is safe to assume that any NTEP variety of seed is going to be the perfect fit. These types of seeds are specifically developed for that rich, green grass. As well, these seeds will be resistant to a lot more disease, water shortness and insects. In the end, the cost you are going to invest in grass seed is relatively small compared to the amount of time spent on developing a beautiful, great lawn. The better the grass seed, the better lawn results you will have.
If you are planting a brand new lawn, follow the steps below:
- Mix and churn 3 to 4 inches of the top soil
- Clear any rocks, sticks and other debris from the area.
- Large soil deposits need to be broken up
- Make sure you have small clumps and avoid too fine of soil
- Level areas where water may accumulate
- Fertilize any exposed areas, only after over-seeding with a fertilizer
If you already have lawn, but want to over-seed, follow these steps:
- Have the grass mowed to the shortest height possible
- Remove and dead grass or obstructions on the lawn
- Mix and churn the soil in any exposed locations
- Level areas where excess water may accumulate
- Fertilize any exposed areas after over-seeding with a starter fertilizer
Plant New Grass Seed
Now your lawn should be fully prepared to plant the grass seed. Start by spreading the seed by hand in small areas. You can even use a mechanical seeder or hand seeder for those larger areas.
Be sure to apply 14 seeds per square inch. If you have too much seed together in one area, these seedlings can fight for nutrients and end up making your grass weak and thinner in these areas.
Cover The Seeds
Use approximately 1/4 of soil to cover the grass seed
New seeds needs lots of water to enhance germination. Make sure to water lightly and evenly, but don’t soak the areas. Water at least once daily until the grass is three inches high.
Best Time To Plant Grass Seed
Spring and fall provide optimal conditions for planting new grass seed. However, if planting in the spring, be sure to delay any weed control applications on the grass. Once the grass has germinated and been mowed at least 2 times, you can then continue with weed control solutions.
If planting new grass seed in the fall, follow the same advisory for weed control application. Be sure to allow your new seed enough time to germinate before freezing temperatures arrive in your location.