There is nothing like a secluded, lush green lawn in your home for summer retreats. However having a grassy green and manicured lawn is not as easy job – it requires good preparation and a lot of patience especially when you are growing it from scratch. Today, we are featuring a few tips for creating a lush green lawn from scratch.
1. Check the soil
First and the foremost step is to check the pH of soil. Ideally, it should be near 6.5. If the value is lower than 6.5, add lime to the soil before hoeing it.
If you soil is too sandy, add well-rotted garden compost and manures to the soil (check out our tips for improving sandy soil). If you soil has poor drainage, add gypsum and organic matter to improve it.
2. Prepare the Soil
Hoe your soil extensively to make sure that it loose and properly tilled. If you want to install an automatic sprinkler system, this is the right time. Rake the soil tediously to remove rubble, weeds, stones and lumps of soil.
3. Spread Seeds
Once the soil is ready, spread seeds equally and evenly all across your lawn area. It is recommended that you divide the whole quantity (ask your seed supplier for correct quantity of seeds for your lawn area) into two parts. Add sand to each part; it helps spread seeds evenly. Spread the first lot of seeds in one direction, and then the second lot at the right angles to it. Once seeds have been spread, rake them lightly before watering the area. Depending on your budget, you can also lay ‘ready-made’ turf. It established quickly and does not have bare patches.
4. Dampen the Soil
For best results and successful germination, keep the soil moist all the time. If you are staring in warmer months, do not allow the soil to go dry.
5. Pamper Your Lawn
Once seeds have germinated and started covering the ground, spot bare patches and seeds them again until the entire areas has been covered. Occasionally fertilize the soil as poor soil would have more weeds and less healthy grass. Watering can be either done with a simple water hose or a sprinkler/irrigation system.
Do not mow your lawn vigorously before the grass has established and the entire area of your lawn is covered properly. Keep regular maintenance and enjoy a lush green lawn for years to come. One of the most important things to do once the lawn is established is to keep the edging cut clean. You don’t want to wait until the sod covers the curb, because that’s quite a chore! Use a weed eater monthly, and if you need recommendations on a weed eater, check out this guide by The Wise Handyman.