Choosing the Right Grass Seed for Your Backyard
For many homeowners, the pride and joy of their yard is their grass – lush, green, and inviting for summer picnics and barbecues. Often times, however, we find it difficult to choose a grass seed that not only meets our expectations but is also able to thrive in the climate in which we live. Here, we will outline the different grass seeds available, what homeowners can expect from them, and the climates they thrive in.
Grass Seed Types
There are two main categories of grass seed – cool season grass and warm season grass. It is important to make sure you are choosing a grass seed that matches your specific climate as well as one that can thrive with the amount of sun exposure your yard has. Cool season grasses generally come from the northern areas of the country and feature rapid growth in the spring and fall. Warm season grasses generally come from the southern areas of the country and should be planted in late spring – these grasses also tend to go “dormant” during cool temperatures and turn brown.
Grass Seed Mixtures
Depending on your yard’s specific needs, it is possible to find a mixture or blend of grass seed that works well for repairing damaged lawns or growing in areas that see a lot of drought. Seed mixtures combine many different types of grass seed all in one package, and the weaknesses and strengths of each type of seed work with one another to help keep the lawn fresh and green. Blended grass seed mixtures combine different grasses of the same species in order to play to that species’ strengths. Lawn repair blends are specifically blended to help repair or correct a specific lawn issue.
How to Plant Grass Seed
Once you have chosen the best grass seed for your climate and specific lawn needs, you need to ensure the seed is planted properly. Before planting, make sure to prepare the soil by removing stones, weeds, and existing plant life and mixing organic material into the existing soil. Additional tips for planting grass seed include:
- Use a seeder or lawn spreader to spread the grass seed.
- Cover the seeded area with straw or garden fabric in order to retain moisture.
- Water the seeded area on a daily basis until germination has occurred.
- Rope off the seeded area to prevent it from being trampled by people or animals.
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