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FAQ ABOUT GROWING GRASS LAWNS FROM SEED
What is the basic issue with growing lawns?
People are not connected enough to the natural process to understand why and when grass will germinate, grow and thrive.
Put it simply for me,please!
Seeds need the optimum soil condition,temperature and moisture to get grass seed to fully take and thrive. Nature naturally staggers the seed triggers so some will survive for later.
Tell me exactly what to do.
The first thing is to time your seeding and correctly select the type of seed. Local seed sources and be found in most communities. the best time to plant is in late August-September. There is usually light rain and the nights begin to cool off. Late spring is the next best time. The objective is to coax about 1/2 the seeds into full germination when you can nurture them
Knowing this you should lightly lime the area to be planted 60 days before seeding. This gives the soil organisms time to process the change in ph. The magnesium is essential to healthy, new growth.
If the ground is not prepared you can also scarify or rototill to prepare. The seed will have to be firmly in contact with dirt and that dirt must be loose enought to allow the first root "tail" to penetrate.
Before you begin the final step you should look at the weather maps. Pick a time when it looks like it might rain in about ten days.
Decide on a two day seeding period;ten days before you begin.
Take one half of your lawn seed and put in into a garbage can and cover the seed with water. Add one small container of liquid seedweed to the slurry. The seed should move like loose oatmeal. Let the mixture sit overnight. Most of the mixuture will completely absorb the available water and liquid seaweed. Flush the seeds daily and keep in a cool area away from the sun. The liquid seaweed provide much needed auxins.
In 5-7 days you will see white "tails" on the seeds. Rinse the seeds fully and pour off the extra water twice a day until the tails are about twice as long as the seeds. This step requires judgement as they will grow based on temperature and variety.
Loosely scratch up the surface of the area to be seeded and apply 1/2 of the recommended dose of fertilizer. Also lightly dust the area with lime again. Water the area so the sub soil is visibly damp.
Four days before a rain storm mix the other half of the seed(dry) with the sprouting grains. Mix dry and wet seeds together breaking up clumps of tangled seed "tails" gently. Evenly distribute this mix over the area and scratch the seeds lightly into the soil. DO NOT OVER SEED USE LESS RATHER THAN MORE. Cover with hay and tamp very lightly-or roll if you can.. Lightly water to create a surface. Water for three hours every day for the first three days. Then water for three hours every third day unless it rains. After you see green-in about 5 days-apply the rest of the fertilizer. Let the grass grow to three inches in height. Slowly lower your mower 1 click per week until you have it to a height that works for you. Never water any lawn more than twice a week-and only water in early evening. Lightly rake off any surface clumps of mown grass. I have found this method works every time-you are responsible for your own results. I suggest you try a small area before you get too involved as local conditions vary. Try reading these books for more info!
American GreenAn obsessive book about lawns!
Taylor's Gardening EncyclopediaI personally recommend it!
More books will be suggested later!
SPROUT THE GRASS SEED UNTIL THE TAILS START TO SHOW!