When a person is ready to put in a new lawn, there are several ways that you can go about it. The quickest way by far is to purchase and put in sod pallets of grass. This is very expensive, unfortunately. The more reasonably priced method is to put in a new lawn using grass seeds. This obviously requires more time to do, but the results will be very gratifying for a good number of years in the future. This article goes through the step by step directions to seeding a new lawn.
Materials and Items Necessary for the Project:
- Grass seeds
- Topsoil (optional)
- String and stakes
- Seed spreader
Preparing the Soil
This moderately difficult project can be accomplished after some soil prep work is finished. You will first need to get the soil prepared. If you do not have the correct type and consistency of soil, then your grass seeds will simply not grow. It is possible that you will have to put in a good six inches of high quality, nutrient rich topsoil. This all depends on the quality of your area’s native soils.
Purchasing the Grass Seeds
Next you will have to buy your grass seeds. If you want to have optimal results, we suggest that you buy the grass seeds that grow best in your region of the United States. Your local landscaper or garden department of your hardware super store should be able to help you with this information.
Dividing Up the Lawn
For those readers who possess a large lawn, you should first divide up your yard utilizing both strings and stakes. Your goal is to achieve as many even twenty foot squares as you can. In this way, you will make sure to completely seed each square partition. This is necessary for your lawn to grow evenly and fully. For anyone with a smaller lawn, simply skip this part of the instructions.
Tilling and Rolling the Lawn
Each section should be tilled, or alternatively, if you possess a smaller yard, the entire lawn should be tilled at once. Utilize the garden tiller to accomplish this. Your tilling target is down to a good six inches. After this has been fully accomplished, roll the entire surface using a heavy roller. Next, you must rake a good full two inches up with the rake. You are striving to achieve a smooth surface of the soil in advance of moving on to the seeding stages of the project.
Spreading the Grass Seeds
It is finally time to spread the grass seeds. Take your seed spreader out and load up the grass seeds. Using the spreader, lay the seeds in every section, or if it is a smaller yard, over the entire area. Try to accomplish this as evenly as possible. Make two passes in order to appropriately spread the seed to a sufficient thickness. In your first pass, use the spreader from the left side on to the right side. On your second pass, use the spreader from the top on down to the bottom. In such a way, you will enable your grass seeds to be evenly laid. If you feel the need, put additional seeds in any places which look as though they may require it.
Applying the Topsoil
Using your wheelbarrow, fill it up with the nutrient rich top soil and apply it evenly over all of the seeds. You should put down minimally a good three inches to make certain that the scavenging birds do not eat your lawn before it can take. Use the roller again to press the soil down evenly. Finally, water the whole area, but not too heavily.
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