Tips for Planting Grass in Fall

Curb appeal literally starts roadside at the curb and everyone knows that a beautiful green carpet of grass leading up to a doorstep can transform first impressions of a home.  Aside from sod or professional lawn services, there are plenty of things that you can do to fill brown patches and encourage a consistent blanket of carpet throughout your yard.  Once you get some of these tips started, give me a call at 336-575-7249 and let’s discuss other ways you can upgrade your yard or otherwise prepare your property for maximum enjoyment. After all, planting grass in fall is the best time of year to ensure success!

Choose the Right Seed Mixture

Seed has come a long way since the days of plain bags of seed that are left to nature alone.  Top tier seed mixes blend together different types of seeds and coat them with fertilizer and moisture-wicking treatments that allow the seed a stronger opportunity to germinate and take hold.

Start by considering what the area of your yard will be utilized for and what type of light and water the area receives on a regular basis.  A good seed mixture can allow for turf-like textures or richer carpets for stronger greens and depth.  What mix matches your intended use and location is an easy discovery process when you chat with a representative at your local seed and farm store.  You’ll also find a wealth of information on the bags of various brands that recommend ideal use and location.

Look for seed that has been sifted several times to help ensure that you have purer seed going down from the start.  If you can afford it, seeds that have treatments that increase moisture retention or speed the germination process are especially helpful.

Sow the Seeds and Apply Fertilizer

Fall is the ideal time to sow seeds, so we are entering the perfect time to consider sprucing up your lawn.  To get uniform coverage, start by dividing the seed in half.  Fill the spreader and walk in parallel rows one direction, then criss cross the area the opposite direction with the second half of the seed.  After you sow, rake the area to a depth of around ¼ inch for maximum impact and germination.

Look for a fertilizer with a high phosphorous content to spark immediate food and support for fragile seed. When you are purchasing the seed, talk to the experts at your local lawn care shop about what formula would be an ideal mix for the seed you’ve selected.

Protect the Seed During Germination

If you are going to invest in seeding your yard, don’t let all your hard work go to waste.  While straw and mulch are viable options to help protect seed from direct sunlight and wash, investing in peat moss can pay off in the long run because it holds soil in a stronger manner and will decompose directly into the turf, providing additional nutrition and support for the seed.  Regardless of what you decide, be sure to protect the seed until it takes root and gets started in germination.

Water is the Key to Success

After all these steps, it’d be a shame to let your seed go to waste due to moisture issues.  Established lawns can take the variances in weather and seasons, but new lawns require tremendous attention to get them started.  Get started right with these tips on proper watering:

Invest in a high quality sprinkler that distributes a fine mist onto the seed.  Water the seeded areas 2-3 times per day until the seed begins to germinate.  The goal here is to keep the soil and seed moist without puddling and run-off, so a little water goes a long way when it is misted correctly.  After the seed starts to germinate, you can tighten up watering to 1-2 per day until the seed is established.  Once established, applying about 1 inch of water at a time is ideal during drier times.  To see how long it takes to apply 1 inch of water, start up your sprinkler and place a container or coffee can somewhere the sprinkler is hitting.  You can place multiple containers if you want to make sure you are getting even coverage.  Start of the sprinkler, set a timer, and check the level of water in the containers until it reaches an inch. Then, simply note the time it took to collect an inch of water and use that as your gauge for future watering plans.

To learn even more about these tips and what to do for established turf, check out the advice here from Southern State.

With these tips and techniques, you’ll be well on your way to establishing a turf that will be the envy of your neighbors and which will provide maximum curbside appeal for your property.  A great turf adds immediately to the perceived value of your home and the enjoyment you can have on the property until you decide to sell or expand.

For more information on this or any other REAL ESTATE questions, please call Ellen Dudley at 336-575-7249.

Posted on September 13, 2016 at 9:26 pm
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