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Picking The Correct Lawn Grass For Your Garden

Growing and maintaining a new lawn can be a very rewarding process. The least expensiveway to planting a new lawn is to plant grass seed. However, if you choose the wrong kind of grass seed, all of your time and money will be wasted. You can ask your friendly(lawn service)company to guide you.

Before you go out and purchase grass seed, youmust know what type of grass will grow in your environment and growing season. Do youwant a cool season grass or a warm season grass?

Cool Season Grass

Cool season grasses growmost suitable in the spring and fall. If you are planting a new lawn with cool season grasses, it is best to sow your seed in the early fall. During this time the ground still has enough heat to germinate the seed. You canplant your cool season grass in the spring, but keep in mind that it will not have as much time to establish itself before the hot weather season. If youdelay until spring to sow your cool season grass, do itas quickly as possible. These grasses are popular in the Northern United States.

Cool season grassesnormally include Bent grass, Kentucky Bluegrass, Rough Bluegrass, Tall Fescue, Creeping Fescue, Annual Ryegrass and Perennial Ryegrass.

Warm Season Grass

These grasses aregood to be planted in the late spring. Planting in the latespringtime allows the grass seed to establish itself and take root prior to the hot growing season. Warm season grasses are apreferred from Texas to Tennessee.

Warm season grasses include Argentine Bahiagrass, Pensacola Bahiagrass, Common Bermuda, Improved Bermuda, Carpetgrass, Centipede, St. Augustine and Zoysiagrass.

Sowing Tips

Whether you are sowing a cool season grass or a warm season grass, sowing seed is all the same. When you are planting a new lawn, youwill have to have a spreader. If you do not have one personally, you can rent one.

You should apply a top dressing to your lawn. This willallow to hold in moisture. Thiscould be peat moss orsome other organic matter. Top dressing is best applied using a cage roller and it should be applied in a thin layer.

If you do not want to apply a top dressing, you can rake the seed bed.Make use of a stiff rake and do not push too hard. Next, you will want to roll the lawn surface. If you do not have a roller, you can easily rent one.

Thismeasure is the most important when it comes to planting a new lawn. You have to water your new lawn gently-- butcompletely. You want the water togo through to a depth of six inches.To keep puddles and the washing away of seed, you may have to do this watering in intervals.As an example, three or four gentle watering over acouple of hours may be what it takes to get your seed bed moist. It reallydepends upon the type of soil you have, sokeep an eye on your watering efforts carefully.

You do not want to over water.Nevertheless, you want there to be enough moisture so the seeds germinate and do not dry out.


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