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Our very first post and we thought we would start off at the ground with grass and how create a new lawn from seed.
Create a new lawn from seed.
Test the soil PH First off we need to learn what soil type you have. Purchase a ph test kit from your local lawn and garden store. Place a measured amount of soil into the tester along with water shake well, wait a minute and then read the color code on your tester. Your water should read between 6.0 and 7.5. If the reading shows a pH lower than 6.0, your soil is too acidic and you'll need to add lime to your soil. If it's above 7.5, the soil is too alkaline. For moderately alkaline soil add peat moss during the soil amending stage; for very alkaline soil, use sulfur.Clean up planting area Using a shovel, dig up all rocks and remove and visible roots make sure to pick up any stones that won't fit through the tines of a garden rake. Level all the ground by filling holes and depressions with topsoil. You can use soil dug up from a high spot. Use a rotary tiller to turn the soil (We like to use a commercial power lawn dethacher for this step).
Add compost and sand
Cover your planting area with about 1 inch of sand. Make sure to distribute your sand as evenly as possible. Use a rotary tiller or power lawn dethacher to mix the sand into your topsoil. Now apply compost in the same manner following the same steps for the sand. Again, use a rotary tiller or dethacher to mix the compost into the soil and sand.
Amend the soil Adding peat moss, lime, or sulfur to your ground will balance the soil's pH level and will boosts nutrients. Purchase peat moss, lime, or sulfur can be purchased at any lawn and garden center. In this step you will add the appropriate compound based on the need of your soil as discussed under soil testing. Peat moss will be added with a shovel from a wheelbarrow. While lime or sulfur, apply it with a walk-behind broadcast spreader, set to the appropriate distribution rate. Coat the entire area, making sure you don't miss any spots. Next, use the broadcast spreader to apply starter fertilizer to the entire area. Make sure the spreader is adjusted to distribute at the rate outlined on the fertilizer packaging.Rake the soilUse a garden rake or a landscape rake to carefully work the lime (or sulfur) and fertilizer into the top inch of soil. Do not use a tiller in this step. Finish-grade the soil by raking it level. Note: Trying to spread the fertilizer, lime, or sulfur by hand or mixing together in the spreader will not work correctly as they must be applied at different, specific rates.Pick the right seedPicking the right seed is a key part of making your lawn perfect to learn more about seed CLICK HERE.Spreading the seed Disperse grass seed evenly over the soil, Use either a handheld broadcast spreader or for larger lawns, use a walk-behind spreader. Be sure to apply an even amount of seed to the entire areaRake in your SeedUsing the backside of a plastic leaf rake gently work the seed into the ground. Make sure to use short, light strokes. Avoid long sweeping motions, which can redistribute the seeds and cause the grass to grow in uneven. Note: Don't compact the seeds with a weighted roller because it will create depressions that will collect water.Water, water, water! After sowing your seeds, lightly water the area with a fan-or oscillating-type sprinkler. Set up one or more sprinklers, or move the sprinkler to ensure that the entire area gets dampened. Do not over water or create large water puddles this will wash the seed away.Watering GuideWhen do I mow the first time?You need to mow the new lawn when it reaches 3 to 4 inches high, depending on the type of grass. Mow when the soil is on the dry side; otherwise, you might tear up the new turf.Enjoy your new lawn! Look for more coming soon on lawn fertilizing and more!
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