Seasonal Tip

Seasonal Tip

November, 2014
Mowing a New Lawn »
Newly planted grass is very delicate and easily damaged versus established grass in a mature lawn.


How do I best prepare a site for seeding a new lawn?

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To best prepare a site for seeding a new lawn, the following procedures should be followed:
  1. It is recommended that a sample of the soil be checked for its pH and nutrient content. (County extension services perform soil tests.)
  2. Add any corrective materials (fertilizer, lime) recommended as a result of a soil test prior to preparing the soil for seeding.
  3. Till or rake loosening top 1” to 2” of soil. This step also incorporates any added materials into the soil.
  4. Rake smooth and remove debris such as dead grass, grass clumps and small stones. Loosening the soil is one of the most important steps in starting a lawn. Be sure to loosen soil thoroughly to ensure proper seed to soil contact.
  5. Level out any uneven areas to avoid water build up and ensure proper drainage.
  6. Apply a Starter Fertilizer at the recommended rate using a broadcast or drop spreader.
These site preparation steps will ensure good seed to soil contact improving your seeding success. Once they are completed the area is read to seed.