When trying to establish a new lawn, you have several options. Less expensive than laying turf, seeding a lawn can be a particularly effective way of growing your own lawn, although it does take time and require a great deal of skill and care. In this article, we will look at how to seed a lawn without the help of an expert, which can hopefully help you save on the turf, and allow you to build a strong lawn from the roots in your garden.
Preparation for your new Lawn
Firstly, you want to give your new lawn the best chance possible. As seeds, your grass is going to require a great deal of support, as any baby would. One of the best ways you can ensure this is through maintaining and improving the quality of the soil. The best way to do this is by mixing in compost, or other organic matter like straw evenly through your soil.
This way, you can ensure a healthy supply of nutrients which your seeds can use to help establish themselves into a new lawn. Another thing you should do prior to seeding is to turn your soil with a pitch fork. This will promote airflow to the soil, and loosen the top layers to make it more amenable to plant growth. After these measures have been undertaken, you’ll be ready to begin seeding a lawn of your own!
The Process of Seeding
Before seeding, it’s time to grab the shovel and get digging. You ant to dig around three to four inches into your soil in ditches. This is where you will sow your seeds initially. After you have dug the ditches, break up and clumps or clusters of soil, and remove any rocks or stones which you have turned.
Next, smooth the surface, and add a combination of quality top soil and compost, which you should work in with your pitch fork as before. Next, press down your soil with the bottom of your shovel to create a flat surface.
Now you should begin to thinly distribute seeds as evenly as possible, adding more compost to stimulate growth. Take care of your grass seeds from here on in, and try not to let kids or pets tramp on your seeds until they are fully established as a cohesive lawn.
Finally, begin a course of watering, and make sure you cut the grass as soon as it reaches a couple of inches tall. If you repeat this process over time, you will strengthen its growth, which will leave you with a healthy and vibrant lawn in years to come. And that’s all there is to seeding a lawn!
Overall, the most important factor when it comes to seeding a lawn for the first time is ensure even distribution of the seeds, quality of the soil, and the aftercare. Look after the grass, as if it were any other plant, feeding and watering where necessary. Remember also that trimming the grass when it reaches a certain height is a crucial aspect of ensuring strong future growth.
Growing a lawn from seeding takes time and effort, but at the end of the day it is an extremely rewarding pursuit, and it can be the basis for a very attractive garden, whatever you choose to do with planting and landscaping.