Here are a few quick pointers on planting grass seed.
Ground Prep: When putting down grass seed in larger areas it is best to use a tiller or ground rake to break up the top two inches of soil. This helps the grass seed germinate in easily permeable soil which will increase the root depth of your new turf. If your newly germinated grass has deeper roots it will last longer during hot dry times of the year.
Topsoil: Using bagged topsoil when spot seeding is acceptable but it is still best to break up the existing ground first to avoid runoff and help with root establishment.
Reminder: Use an overseeder or garden rake to make grooves in the ground that run perpendicular to the slope of the ground. Drop the seed in these grooves and rake approximately one fourth of an inch of dirt over the seed. This will help the seed stay put during periods of heavy rain. Lightly cover with straw if desired.
Fertilizer can give your lawn a healthy look for months to come by helping turf grass roots to expand and choke out weeds. Weed and feed is a cost effective way to make your lawn look better in early and late spring. Be careful not to over fertilize your lawn as this can damage your turf and make it less tolerant to drought conditions that are common in the summer. Always follow the directions for application on bagged granular fertilizers or ask one of our experts if you aren’t sure.
As you turn your irrigation system on this year, here are a few tips to help maintain healthy grass all year.
System Check: Turn the system on and review your settings at each watering station, most lawns have between five and six stations. Days to water and run times are the most important settings to review. Check for proper run times at each station. For example, shaded areas need less time than full sun areas. To check that all the sprinkler heads are functioning properly, simply turn the system on and walk around the yard inspecting the coverage areas. This is a good way to determine if your system needs maintenance. It also helps show what areas of your yard may not be getting enough water.
Avoid overwatering: During the rainy season it is best to keep your system off or set to water just a few times a week as overwatering can cause damage to your turf.
Reminder: Most utility services require yearly backflow prevention testing.