Planting a brand-new yard can be a really gratifying process. The least costly path to planting a new lawn is to plant lawn seed. Nevertheless, if you select the incorrect kind of yard seed, all of your money and time will be wasted.
Before you go out and purchase turf seed, you need to know exactly what type of turf will grow in your environment and growing season. Do you require a cool season turf or a warm season turf?
Cool Season Lawn Grass
Cool season grasses grow best in the spring and fall. If you are planting a new yard with cool season grasses, it is best to plant your seed in the early fall. During this time the ground still has sufficient heat to germinate the seed. As an alternative, you can plant cool season grass in the spring, however, keep in mind that the growing time will be limited before the hot summer weather sets in. If you wait until spring to plant your cool season grass, do it as soon as possible.
Cool season lawns include Kentucky Bluegrass, Bentgrass, Rough Bluegrass, Tall Fescue, Creeping Fescue, Yearly Ryegrass and Perennial Ryegrass.
Warm Season Turf
These yards are meant to be planted in the late spring. Planting in the late spring allows the turf seed to develop itself and settle prior to the hot growing season. Warm season lawns are a preferred in the Myrtle Beach area.
Warm season turfs include Common Bermuda, Argentine Bahiagrass, Pensacola Bahiagrass, Improved Bermuda, Carpetgrass, Centipede, St. Augustine and Zoysiagrass.
Lawn Care Planting Tips
Whether you are sowing a warm season grass or a cool season lawn, sowing seed is pretty much the same. When it comes to planting a new yard, you have to have a spreader. If you do not have one personally, you can lease one.
- Ensure the spreader is set to the best spreader rate.
- Pour half of your seed into the spreader.
- Walk in one instructions and spread out the seed.
- Put the remainder of your lawn seed into the spreader.
- Walk in a crisscross pattern from the very first spreading and spread out the rest of your turf seed.
To assist with keeping the moisture in your lawn, be sure to apply a top dressing. A good example is peat moss or any other raw material. Use a cage roller to apply top dressing and be sure to apply in a thin layer.
If you do not wish to apply a top dressing, you can rake the seed bed. Use a stiff rake and be careful how hard you push.
Next, you will wish to roll the lawn surface. If you do not have a roller, you can quickly rent one.
This step is the most crucial when it comes to planting a new lawn – water your lawn. This should be a gentle– but thorough watering. The goal is for the water to penetrate to a depth of 6 inches. To prevent washing away of seed and puddles, you might have to do this watering in periods. For example, 3 or 4 mild waterings over a couple of hours may be what it requires to get your seed bed moist. It truly depends upon the type of soil you have, so monitor your watering efforts thoroughly. You do not wish to over water. However, you desire there to be enough wetness so the seeds germinate and do not dry out.
Call Local Hardscape Pros for help with seeding your lawn regardless of the time of year. We are here to help keep your lawn looking good.
Local Hardscape Pros
4717 Jenn Drive Suite 100K
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577