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People always ask me, "Steve. When is the best time to seed?"  Spring and Fall is best, as long as soil temperatures are around 70 degrees.  But you can seed all season as long as you follow a few simple steps.

 

NEW SEED SUCCESS

There is no such thing as "bargain grass seed".  It's often full of weed seeds and filler material to make the package larger.  And once it's planted you must live with the ugly results for years.  That's why the few dollars more it costs to buy top quality grass seed is well worth the investment!

  • PREPARE A "SEED BED"
    Work the soil to give the seed a place to lodge and take root.  Core aeration , Thatching or Slice seeding is a great way to start. (Steve's Landscaping offers these services.)

  • SOW THE SEED EVENLY
    Use either a broadcast, drop or hand-held spreader.  Spreading the seed by hand is a mistake because it's almost impossible to get even coverage, so the grass sprouts in patches.  To cover the seed, simply go over the area with the back of a leaf rake or lightly spread topsoil over the seeded areas.

  • FERTILIZER
    Spreading a special Starter Fertilizer the same day you seed will make a world of difference in results.  It stimulates early root development so your seedlings develop faster, and grow much  thicker and greener.

  • MULCH ONLY IF NEEDED
    On sloping areas such as hillsides, or to reduce the frequency of watering, mulching is good.  Be aware that using hay may add some  unwanted weeds into your new lawn that you may not be able to get ride of later.  Strong winds may send your hay across the neighborhood, and trying to rake it up later may damage the new seed you just planted.

  • WATER IS CRITICAL
    The seed bed should be kept moist.  Watering frequently, rather then deeply, is best. Only the top inch or so needs to be kept moist.  Once the seedlings sprout, watering is even more critical.  The tender young plants will die if moisture is not available to them.

  • FOLLOW-UP: MOWING AND FERTILIZING
    Mowing can begin as soon as there is anything to cut with a mower set about 1-1/2 inches high.  Do not mow when when the soil is overly wet, as it can damage the young plants.  You should apply a follow-up application of fertilizer and weed control about 8 weeks after new seedlings sprout to enhance growth and eliminate any undesirable weeds.  Steve's Landscaping can help with a seasonal fertilizing program and weekly lawn cutting.

 

 

 

Steve's Lawn & Landscaping Service, Inc.
PO Box 192,  Rockaway, NJ  07866
47 Pawnee Pawnee Ave
 973-627-2797  Fax 973-586-4888
 Mail@steveslandscaping.net
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