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GARDEN TALK with DOUG - FALL LAWN SEEDING

 For best results I hope you have already aerated, thatched, and added some lime before you start this next lawn care phase.
                Starting a lawn from seed is one of the more challenging gardening tasks, mainly because of all the pre-seeding groundwork.  Personally, I am ready to apply my selected grass seed and my first application of a lawn starter fertilizer.  It was hard work to get to this point but I know it is going to be worth it once I see the grass seed begin germinating.  I want to take advantage of some of these warmer days of early September because warmth and moisture will have the new grass seed germinating within seven to ten days.
                So, here are a few general tips to keep in mind when seeding this month:
  1.  Know you square footage of actual lawn surface:  This information will help you determine the proper amount of grass seed and fertilizer required.
  2. When overseeding an established lawn, 2 pounds of fescue seed per 1,000 sq. ft. is adequate to thicken up the lawn.  For a brand new lawn, 3 to 4 pounds of fescue seed per 1,000 sq. ft. is recommended.
  3.  Avoid cheap blends with a higher percentage of inert ingredients and also cheap seed that has a high percentage of annual ryegrass.
  4. Once you seed be sure to cover the seed with either wheat straw or compost ( personally, I prefer a light layer of compost).  The purpose of the covering is to keep the sun and wind from drying the seed while it germinates.
  5. Once you seed, you need to start watering…and watering…and watering every day.  It only makes since that you won’t get germination unless the seed is kept moist CONSTANTLY.  You cannot allow the seed to dry out – NOT ONCE – or the seed will die and won’t restart.
  6. Once you seed, add a starter fertilizer.  A starter lawn fertilizer will have a high middle number (phosphorus).  Phosphorus helps with root growth and development. 
  7. This is not the time to apply a weed killer / preventer.  Wait to do this until November, once the grass seed has germinated, grown, and has been mowed a couple of times.
  8. When the grass grows to about 3 to 4 inches, mow off an inch to promote even more root growth.
Once all of this has been accomplished, you are not finished yet.  October is another important month for more lawn care.
Posted: 9/9/2015 by Doug Hensel | with 0 comment(s)
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