Lawn jealousy is characterized by a unique sense of envy – and anger – when looking at your neighbor’s lawn and realizing that yours doesn’t compare. It’s true – one of the biggest suburban conflicts is not having the best lawn on the block. However, having a beautiful lawn is not only important for the sake of vanity, but also for the sake of increasing the property value of your home. Amazing lawns don’t just happen out of the blue, which is why lawn care is so important. This is where lawn seeding comes in. Knowing the best practices to seed your lawn will yield the best results and the most vibrant lawn. Here are the top five new lawn seeding tips.
- Remove weeds before you seed. If you don’t remove weeds before you seed, you will wind up suffocating the new grass that comes in. Not only do you want to make sure you remove weeds before you plant, but also when the seeds start to germinate. Most weeds can be pretty invasive, so you want to be hyper-vigilant about making sure weeds don’t grow back.
- Measure the area and purchase the right amount of fertilizer. Fertilizer is a little bit like the primer you put down before you seed. Measuring the area is important because you want to make sure you don’t over-fertilize your lawn. So, simply measure the square footage of the area that you will be working with and head down to your local nursery. You should be able to find just the right amount of fertilizer.
- Know what kind of soil you are working with. Before you purchase your seeds – and certainly before you plant your seeds – you want to make sure that your soil is ripe for germinating. Not only do you want to test the acidity levels, but you also want to test the soil for other properties that may make a certain type of grass more successful than another. When it comes down to it, you want to make sure that you have the right type of seeds for your particular soil. You can usually purchase a soil testing kit from your local nursery.
- Make sure there is no detritus or debris on your lawn. Before you seed – and before you fertilize – you want to make sure that you have no detritus, like leaves and even children’s toys, on your lawn. These items can make it harder for the seeds to germinate and break through the soil. The last thing you want is a brown spot where the grass didn’t come through. So, grab a rake a remove all the excess leaves. You also want to remove any toys or other large items for that matter.
- Use sawdust to prevent weeds from coming through. Sawdust can prevent weeds from growing through and it can allow for grass to grow more abundantly. If you want a rich, green grass – the envy of the entire neighborhood – put down a layer of sawdust in the areas that have the worse problem with weeds. Once your grass comes in, you can simply rake the sawdust away.