If you’re thinking that your yard needs a little help and you’re looking for some tips on planting grass seed, you’ve come to the right place! Here are a few essential tips for pre-planting preparation and post-planting maintenance:
Before Planting Grass Seed:
- Do a soil analysis before anything else — this will tell you the pH balance of your soil and will help you determine if you should use a special fertilizer before planting grass seeds in order to reduce/increase the acidity of your soil.
- Keep in mind that there are countless species of grasses, and there isn’t one type that grows best in every lawn. Take into consideration the chemicals of your soil, the overall climate in which you live, and what you want your lawn or garden to look like.
- Make sure that you plant the lawn seeds at the best time (usually either in the spring or fall), and that you don’t plant them too deeply. The seeds need to “breathe” in a sense, and having some exposure to oxygen in the air will help your soil stay balanced.
After Planting Grass Seed:
- Watering is always a predicament after planting lawn seed; the best guideline to follow is that the soil should always be kept moist, but never completely saturated. Most people find that water their lawns once or twice a day provides enough moisture. Too much water will keep the roots from firmly grabbing onto the soil.
- Mowing too infrequently, or not often enough, is a tough thing to gauge if you aren’t familiar with using grass seed. Generally, you should aim to let the grass grow to about three inches before mowing it — and keep in mind that the grass may look a little sparse before the first trimming, but that it will grow back thicker after being cut.
- Constant maintenance is another important aspect of a healthy lawn, beyond just mowing regularly. Aerating your yard at least once a year will ensure that oxygen gets into the soil, and continuing to use pesticide-free fertilizer will ensure that your yard isn’t taken over by weeds.