Lawn Installation and New Grass
If you are building a new house or business, one of the things that you might need is new grass. Even if you have lived in a home for awhile, or have bought a previously lived in home, you might want to replace the grass. This can be easy to do, but you might want a professional to do it for you.
If you have a professional do the job, you know it will be done right and you will probably even get a guarantee with it. You can call or google lawn installation services to see if they can help you to find the right professional to do the job. Make sure that you do your research and check out the online reviews before you settle with a company.
This article will help you with putting a new lawn in yourself – if that is what you prefer to do. It will go step by step so that you can get everything done the right way. If you forget a step, you can come back to the article and read it again. This is for planting seed to give your yard new grass – if you want to do sod, you can do more research.
Steps to Put in a Lawn
1. Choose Your Grass Seed
You will have to choose the right seed for your area of the country. If you live in a cooler part of the country, you will need cool season grass. This is for the upper third of the country. The middle zone calls for transition zone grass, and the lower third of the country needs warm season grass. This page shows a map of the country with which ones to use: https://lawnlove.com/blog/blog-landscaping-how-to-plant-grass-seed/. Usually, the home improvement store in your area will have the proper seed for your part of the country.
2. Check Your Soil
This isn’t a step that you MUST do, but it is highly recommended. You want to test your soil to see what nutrients that it might need to grow your grass. This way you can add the correct minerals and other organic materials that you might need to add. If you don’t have the right fertilizer on your yard, your seed will have a tough time growing.
3. Plant at the Right Time of the Year
Most people get eager to plant their grass in the middle of summer when they can see all the deficits in the lawn. You will want to plant at the right time of the year to get optimum growth, though. This means that you will need to plant warm season grass in the springtime and the cool season grass in the fall. The transition zone grass should be planted in the springtime, as well.
4. Get the Soil Ready
Preparing for a new lawn – If you are planting your seeds in a new area where there hasn’t been a lawn before, you can remove everything from the area using a sod cutter. This works very much like a lawnmower, but it gets to the roots and removes those, too. You could also use a non-selective herbicide to remove all the vegetation, but it must be put down at least two weeks before you plan to plant your seed. If you put it down within those two weeks, the herbicide will kill it, too. You will also want to remove all the debris and rocks that may be in your way.
5. Planting the Seed
After you have the area prepared, you can spread the grass over the area. You will want to go from east to west, and then from north to south to insure that you get the entire area. You can spread the seed by hand, or you could use a seed spreader. There are seed spreaders that you can push around your yard, ones that you attach to your chest, and one that you can hold in your hands. Any of these will do the job for you.
6. Rake the Seed
After you have spread it, you will want to rake it in both directions – from east to west and from north to south. You will do this lightly in order to cover the seeds with just a bit of soil.
7. Mulch the Soil
You will want to cover the seed with mulch so that the seed will have a chance to grow. You can see here for the different types of mulch would be good for your lawn. It may differ depending on your area of the country.
8. Water the Seed
You will want to water the seed after you have the mulch on it. You will want to water from one to three times a day for a few weeks until you see growth. Then you will want to water in the coolest parts of the day to keep the grass growing.
Planting a new yard isn’t too difficult if you follow the above steps. You just have to make sure that you plant at the right time of the year. You will also want to make sure that you have the right seed for your area. If the seed isn’t for your area, it will not grow well.