How to Plant a Lawn

 


Beautiful Green Grass and Great for Drainage

If there’s an empty spot in front of your house on your lawn, cats are more likely to dirty them as we all know they use soil to do their business. To avoid having to clean up their business, why not plant a lawn on that empty spot to give both the yard and your house a pretty look. There are so many reasons why you need to consider an natural lawn. The most common advantage is having correct drainage so when there are large storms you do not have pooling of water around key structures of the home.

There are alternatives to a natural lawn now, there are also fake or artificial green lawn options that a lot of people have started to choose to remove the maintenance hassle associated with normal lawns.

It can be Rewarding

There are more rewards than just  having the beauty of a healthy green lawn as the centrepiece of your landscape. Some of the benefits of planting can include but are not limited to:

  • Cooler temperature around your house.
  • Cleaner air for your body
  • Ideal place for gathering or picnic activities.

This is not necessarily a hard task to be undertaken during your weekend DIY session but several key things are needed to produce the perfect healthy lawn for your property.
Here are the things that you need:

  • Stolon, grass or sod seeds.
  • Soil test kit and fertilizer analyser
  • Organic matter.
  • Rototillers and garden hoses
  • Level head rakes.

Steps for Planting a Lawn

  1. It is important to find the right type of grass according to the soil and climate you live in. Determine your choice whether sod, stolon or grass seed suits your lawn.
  2. If you plan to plant your lawn in early spring or autumn, choose cool-season grasses. While for late spring to early summer time, plant warm-season grasses.
  3. You can use a soil kit test and fertilizers analyser to know what your soil might be lacking for nutrients, what the pH is and whether you will need sulphur or lime added to the soil. Another way that you can do is to check with your local nursery or neighbours on the soil conditions.
  4. Spread 2 to 3 inches of organic matter, such as ground bark or compost, over the planting area to improve the soil. High phosphorous and potassium content in a starter fertilizer can also be used if needed after a soil test.
  5. Use rototillers to till the soil to infuse the organic matter to a depth of 6 to 8 inches. In alternating directions, make two or three passes. It is important to consider a system for simple watering in the dry-summer areas. Install enough sprinklers, pipes or hoses around the irrigation, or you can choose to have an in-ground system for your lawn.
  6. Use a levelling rake to smooth the planting area for the seed to sow, stolon to plant or sod to lie over the planting area. The seeds will grow in at same level and equal places around the raked planting area. Keep the planting areas moist by regular watering until the grass is established firmly, which takes around six to eight weeks on average.

Important Notes

  • Never let the newly planted lawn dry out or it may die. Depending on weather conditions you may need to water your planting area more than once a day for at least a week or two after planting.
    • Water the area thoroughly for three to four days before planting to make the tiling process easier.
    • Avoid letting your pets and kids passing over the grass area until it is at least 3.8cms tall and ready for mowing. Place ropes around the new lawn area to help to keep off any intruders.
    • To save more money, you can choose to borrow or rent much of the equipment needed to plant a lawn from your garden centre or local nursery.
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