Garden Lawn grow using Seed, Sod, Springs and Plugs

By | June 5, 2018

Garden Lawn grow using Seed, Sod, Springs and Plugs

  • Establishing a new Garden Lawn takes advance planning and work.
  • Sowing seed or laying sod is one only the final step of Garden Lawn.
  • Start by determining what type of lawn is need.
  • Will it be heavily use for group sports, play by children, or exercise for dogs? Or is it intended not for foot traffic, but simply as a lush, fine-textured green plot in the overall landscape?
  • Once you have made these decisions, choose the appropriate cool-season or warm-season grasses that can provide the characteristics you need.
  • The most appropriate choices will probably be those stocks by local nurseries or lawn specialists.
  • Read grass-seed package labels and descriptive information; ask for flyers or brochures that describe the grasses in various sods.

Preparation for Garden Lawn

  • When preparing the area to be plant, make sure it has a gentle slope away from buildings and other areas that could be damage by standing water.
  • In general, allow a 1-foot slope for every 100 feet of distance.
  • One Advice that as you measure for slope, you may find that some areas are higher or lower than others.
  • When you need to bring in additional soil, buy the same type as the existing soil and mix it with the existing soil as you work.
  • Test and amend the soil as you would in any other garden area.
  • Because grass forms a thick mat about 1 inch high, prepare planting area should finish out at about an inch lower than surrounding areas.
  • If you are installing an underground sprinkler system, allow enough time in your schedule to design it carefully for complete, even coverage.
  • The system should be installed after the Garden lawn area has been grade.

Seed or sod?

  • The main advantage seeding has over sod is cost.
  • Though improve growing, harvesting, and distribution has made sod less expensive than in years past, seed lawns remain much cheaper to plant.
  • And while sod offers a wider choice of grasses than it once did, seed still provides the most variety.
  • You can easily find hybrid seed mixtures that thrive in shade, for example, but these are harder come by in sod.
  • Sod also has occasional problems with bonding to the soil beneath.
  • Sod lawns must be kept moist, too, of course, but they don’t dry out as fast as seed lawns; watering just twice a day is often enough to do the job.

Starting from seed

  • Seeding applies primarily to cool-season grasses; most warm-season kinds are start from sprigs or plugs.
  • Lawns start from seed are best plant in fall, early enough in the season to give the grass time to establish before cold weather comes.
  • The second best time is spring, after all danger of frost is past and before weather turns hot.
  • When you prepare the soil, don’t cultivate it too.
  • Do final leveling with a garden rake.
  • Pick a windless day and sow seed evenly, using a drop or rotary spreader.
  • Apply a complete dry granular fertilizer, also using a spreader.
  • Cover seeds by dragging the back of a lightweight leaf rake over the area or applying a thin (1-inch) mulch.
  • Mulching is the better option if you expect hot, dry weather or drying winds.
  • Use organic mulch, but not peat moss or sawdust–both of these tend to crust over, making it hard for seedlings to penetrate them.
  • Water thoroughly, taking care not to wash away the seed.
  • Then keep the seed area moist for about 3 weeks or until all grass is sprout, watering briefly and frequently.
  • You may need to water 3, 4, or more times a day during warm periods.
  • Mow for the first time when the grass is one-third taller than its optimum height.
  • If weeds emerge, don’t attempt to control them until the young lawn has been mow 4 times.
  • By this stage, many weeds will have been killing by mowing or crowd out by the growing lawn.
  • Try to avoid walking on the lawn too much during the initial 4 to 6 weeks.

Starting from sod , Garden Lawn

  • Sod lawns can be start almost any time of year, except when weather is very cold.
  • It is also best to avoid installation during a summer heat wave.
  • Water the planting area thoroughly the day before the sod is delivery.
  • Time the delivery of sod so you can sod the area in a single day, beginning early in the morning.
  • When you lay out strips, stagger them so ends aren’t adjacent; butt sides tightly together. Use a sharp knife to cut sod to fit it into odd-shaped areas.
  • Water once a day.
  • Keeping the area thoroughly moist for at least 6 weeks.
  • Mow for the first time when the grass is one-third taller than its optimum height.
  • When mowing during the initial 6 weeks, be very careful not to disturb the seams.

Starting from sprigs or plugs

  • Many warm-season grasses are sold as sprigs or plugs.
  • A sprig is a piece of grass stem with roots and blades.
  • A plug is a small square or circle cut from sod.
  • Early spring is the best time to plant sprigs and plugs.
  • Sprigs are usually sold by the bushel; the supplier can tell you how much area a bushel will cover.
  • The fastest way to plant them is to scatter them evenly by hand over the prepared area, then roll them with a cleat roller.
  • Plant the plugs in the prepared area, spacing them 8 to 12 inches apart.

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