So the beautiful weather is finally here!!!
With this there is a desire to have the yard looking picturesque and ready for some grand gatherings of family and friends. But where to start and when is the next big question.
Overall one of the largest elements to any home’s front or back yard is often grass! So of you Seek to have developed a random crop circle in the middle of your yard…. to might be time to consider planting some new grass!
It is important to note that the vibrant green grass you see in he movies is attainable but timing and soil preparation is crucial. This can be what makes or breaks all of your hard work.
Materials you will need for this ambitious project include:
First and foremost you will have to prepare the ground. You must use a garden for, or spade to rough up and turn the soil to a depth of about 12 inches. Try to remove and visible weeds or stones at this time as well.
Next use the large standard rake to level the soil.
Follow through by ensuring the soil is settled. To do this you can walk across the entire spam of area you are working with. By walking above this you are lightly firming the soil to let air pockets out and stop soil levels from dropping drastically in the long run.
Allow the soil to settle for a few weeks and then repeat the raking process. In this second round you will want to use a fine-toothed rake. This will be important because it is necessary when finally sowing seeds. Again remove any weeds that may have appeared. You can chose to actually sow the seeds at this time as well.
It is very important that you understand he type of grass you are wanting to or happen to be planting.
There are two varieties in grass type.
- The first being “warm weather” grass which is down in early Spring and into the Summer.
- The second being “cool season” grass which tolerates freezing temperatures and is planted in late summer or early fall.
Once grass seeds have been added to the area then you can also top-dress your soil. This simply means adding some peat moss above the soil and seeds. Sprinkle it in an even layer to help keep your grass seeds moist during germination; it will also help protect the seedlings from vicious predators such as birds or heavy rainfall!
Finally, you will want to water your seeds 2 to 3 times a day for about 5 to 10 minutes for the first 8 to 10 days. Be gentle and try implementing a soft sprinkler above the area.
If you don’t have a sprinkler then save your money – a great and cost saving life hack for this is to take a 2L pop bottle… cut a holes into it and stick the outdoor water hose inside the bottle.
After this time passes and grass grows, just remember to be diligent and mow your lawn once it reaches 3 to 4 inches (7 to 10cm). DO NOT MOW THE LAWN IF IT IS WET!! This could result in the accidental pulling of roots and removal of the new lawn!
Kim Bailey-Brown – D: 519-865-0078
Real Estate Sales Representative
Re/Max Twin City Real Estate
515 Park Road North, Brantford, ON.