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The Dutchess DIYer

Learn how to properly care for your property, discover tell-all signs of maintenance needs

and how to become a better homeowner.

  • Dutchess Lawns

When Is The Best Time To Seed?

If you’re thinking of starting a lawn, then the cheapest way to go about it is to start from seed. An advantage of starting your lawn from seed is that it gives you a larger variety of grass selections to choose from. However, seeding a new lawn does take longer than other methods of starting a lawn. If you do decide to go with seeding, then you’ll need to know the best time to seed.

The best times to seed your lawn is during spring and late summer. Newly seeded lawns need a wet and cool environment to grow successfully. Such conditions are available from April to May and reoccur again in late August to early September. it is better to plant during late fall summer and early fall as it’ll allow the seeds to enjoy a wet, cool weather before and after winter.

Another reason why planting then is so favorable is that it’ll give your seeds a healthy and solid root system that can withstand the harsh summer heat and dryness. When you plant your seeds during the summer months, they’ll find it harder to establish themselves. Trying to keep the soil cool and moist will not only be expensive and difficult, you may also not like the end result.

Which Seed is the Right Seed?

There are several factors you need to consider when picking a grass seed for your lawn. They include; the amount of sunlight the site receives, the amount of shade, the color you’re looking for, amount of foot traffic the lawn will receive, etc.

There are generally 3 to 4 blend types of grass seeds. There’s bluegrass, ryegrass, and fescue.

How to Prepare Your Site

When you start your lawn from scratch, you have the golden opportunity to make sure everything is done properly. That way, you can minimize any problems that may occur when seeding.

· Your site should be graded to prevent water from entering your foundation.

· Make sure there is no weed on your site before seeding. Use a non-selective herbicide to keep your site free of weed. Herbicides that contain glyphosate as the main ingredient are usually effective. Since these herbicides get absorbed into the soil, you don’t have to worry about leaching.

· After 2 weeks, the herbicides break down and you can start seeding then. For a good stand of turfgrass, 6 to 10 inches of a good loamy topsoil is ideal.

· If your soil is a clay type, you can amend it by adding a good quality topsoil or peat moss. When you’re satisfied with your soil’s quality, us a quality garden rake to rake the area. This breaks down any large clumps of soil.

· Remove any debris or stick from your site. Doing this helps to minimize the chances of fairy rings developing in the future.

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