Your lawn is your first impression. Let us help you make it the best it can be. We carry a full line of seed by Scott’s & Jonathan Green for all light conditions & applications. You’ll find all of the fertilizers & soil amendments you need to keep it looking its best for many seasons to come.
~ When & How to seed ~
The best times for seeding new lawn or over-seeding your existing lawn is Spring & Fall. The cool nights & warm days are perfect for grass seed germination & growth. You’ll want to make sure you have the following items:
- Grass Seed
- Top soil or Lawn soil
- Straw (optional)
- pH tester kit (optional)
- Starter Fertilizer (optional)
We’ve simplified the lawn seeding steps down to the basic. Your situation may require more or less work.
If you haven’t tested your soil in a while (or ever) it’s recommended that you test your soils pH. For the most common grasses (Fescues & Rye) your soil pH should be somewhere between 6.5 to 7.5 (slightly acidic to slightly alkaline). If your levels fall above or below these limits it’s recommended to add lime to raise the pH or soil acidifier (such as elemental sulfur or Ammonium Sulfate) to lower the pH.
- If you’re starting on bare ground, scratch the surface with your rake to loosen up the top inch. If you’re over seeding it’s always a good idea to de-thatch the area before laying your seed. If you’re over-seeding your entire lawn a de-thatcher attachment on a tractor or tiller will make quick work of the job.
- Lay your grass seed down according to the directions on the back of the package.
For over-seeding, skip steps 3 & 4
- Sprinkle down your top soil or lawn soil. Your new seed only needs 1/4″ or less of soil for germination & rooting to take place.
- Lay down a thin layer of straw to help protect your new seed from drying out too quickly & local feathery seed thieves.
- Water your freshly laid seed. How much? Enough to keep the area moist without forming puddles is a good rule of thumb. Be sure to keep newly seeded lawns moist (did you remember to law straw?), dried out seed is dead seed.
- Sit back and wait for your seed to sprout! It’s recommended to let your newly sprouted lawn get a little shaggy before its first cut.