If you’re living in a newly built home or you bought a house where there wasn’t a lawn, you’ll need to create one. The following five hacks will help you as you create your new lawn from scratch.
Why You Need These Hacks to Grow the Perfect Lawn
Creating the perfect lawn takes a lot of work. If you love DIY projects, then these lawn grass-growing hacks are for you:
- You’ll need to prepare your lawn.
- You’ll need to pick the right grass seed for your climate.
- You’ll need to water your new lawn more often to get your new grass to grow.
- You and your family (including pets) need to stay off your lawn for at least a month, if not longer.
- You won’t have to mow your new lawn until it’s well established.
5 Hacks for Growing a Healthy Lawn
If you moved into a new home or you bought your first non-established house, and it doesn’t have a healthy patch of grass, you need to grow it from scratch.
There are five steps to renovating your lawn. Keep in mind that growing new grass can take up to six months if you use seed. If you decide to lay sod, the waiting time is shorter.
- Prepare your yard: You first need to remove all grass and weeds. You can use glyphosate to kill off all the plants growing where your future lawn will be.
Remember to follow the product’s directions, so you don’t spill glyphosate into storm water drains or your flower and vegetable beds.
Hint: You need to read glyphosate’s label to see how long you need to wait until it’s safe to plant grass seed or install sod.
After you removed all the grass, weeds and other plants from your yard, you need to take some soil samples to test them for missing nutrients and pH levels.
Your soil test results will tell you what starter fertilizer and other amendments you need to add to your soil.
Next, grade and water your lawn. Roll your yard after the water has percolated through the soil. Fill your lawn roller only 1/3 full.
- Pick the right grass for your property: Yes, there are cold season and warm season grasses. However, you shouldn’t just go for a cold- or warm season grass. It’s too generic.
For example, if you live in Northern Atlanta, GA, you can plant fescue (a cool season grass) in the shade and Zoysia (a warm season grass) in the sun. Contact your local university’s extension to learn what grasses grow best in your specific region.
You also need to decide if you want to plant your turfgrass by seed or sod. Grass seed is the less expensive option, but requires more time and work to get it thick and green.
Sod, on the other hand, rolls out like a carpet giving you an instant lawn. It costs more than seeding your yard and does require some time to lay it out on your property.
If you plant by seed, make sure you use a lawn spreader to broadcast grass seed as you push the spreader in rows. After you’re done planting grass seed, gently rake 1/8” of soil over the seed.
For sod, you first need to remove a few inches of soil so the sod can lay evenly in it. Preparing the soil helps with turf root development.
Roll out the sod pallets by staggering the rows, so the edges meet. Cut overlapping edges with a utility knife.
- Water your new lawn correctly: Grass seed needs a light sprinkling of water to get the soil wet. You need to water your grass every few days until seedlings appear.
Water your new sod installation more deeply, though. Use your lawn roller to force the sod to compact against the soil. You want the sod roots to make contact with the soil, so they grow deeply.
You’ll need to water your sod every day for 10 days. But don’t overwater whether it’s seed or sod.
- Stay off your new lawn for a month: If you’re renovating a part of your lawn, put up plastic tape or chicken wire to keep pets and people off that part of your yard. If it’s the entire lawn, no one should walk or play on it.
Grass seedlings need up to six months before it’s safe to walk on it. Sod only needs one week to get established.
When your lawn grass grows up 2”-3” from seed, you should go over it with an empty lawn roller.
- Hold off mowing until the grass thickens up: Your lawn grass from seed won’t need cutting until it reaches 3”-4” long.
You only need to take off a half inch with the first cut. You want to allow your new turf to grow long, so it’s disease-resistant, long lasting, and crowds out weeds.
How Brinly-Hardy’s Lawn Roller and Push Spreader Help You Renovate Your Lawn
At Brinly-Hardy, we manufacture lawn rollers and push spreaders to help you renovate your lawn from patchy and weedy to thick, healthy and green.
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