A good-looking lawn is the start of a good-looking garden. And with a good-looking outside, you give a good impression. But how will you give that good impression if your soil is lifeless and you need to plant a lawn right from scratch? That can be a tough job but it’s a possible job.
With proper planning and enough knowledge, you can make your job at least easier and smarter. Here are the things you should do when planting a lawn from scratch:
- Assess the soil. Different soil will need different types of plants. But if you can make your soil fertilized, then you can already plant more types of plants. Hire a professional or buy a soil test kit for the assessment.
- Clean the soil. With cleaning, it means removing weeds, removing big stones, breaking up the soil, and flattening the soil. You can use herbicide to remove the weeds while big stones can be removed with a heavy equipment. Flattening the soil is also ideal if you want a pure and plain lawn. You’ll need a heavy equipment with this. Rent if you can’t borrow or if you don’t have one.
- Fix the soil. Based on your test, are there any problems with the soil? If the soil’s grade is not ideal, then you need to correct that. Professional gardeners are the best persons for the job. But fertilizing your soil will already do the trick. Another thing to fix is the drainage problem. Plants and grasses need water and a good drainage system will help them be fed with water. Till or rake the soil if it’s hard-packed. It will be difficult for you to plant and grow grasses in hard-packed soil, so better rake it before you plant seeds. Once your soil is okay, it will be okay forever. You may add topsoil, though, to make it better. You can buy this at a local store but choose the soil free from any debris like stones and roots.
- Choose the grass. You can choose either warm season or cool season grass. Warm season grasses grow beautifully during warm months but they go dormant on winter. Centipede, Zoysia, St. Augustine, and Bermuda are some examples of warm season grasses. Meanwhile, cool season grasses like bluegrass and fescue are great during winter but they go dormant on summer. You can always have a good lawn by planting new seeds when the lawn grasses is about to go dormant.
- Buy the seed. It’s ideal to buy seeds, though you can get sods and have instant lawn.
- Plant. Speed up planting seeds by using a rotary spreader. Simply follow the device’s package instruction. After seeding, you can add a fertilizer.
- Maintain. Grass seeds need to be watered two to three times a day. When the grasses are already growing, you can water the seeds once or twice a week. For sods, you simply need to water the grasses one to two times a week.
Be patient when planting a lawn from scratch. Sooner or later, you’ll see the product of this patience—a beautiful lawn you can be proud of. You can get rid of the tough job, though, by hiring a professional. It can be costly but you’ll be free from doing the tough work.