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Spring Lawn Seeding

Planting grass seed is an economical and satisfying way to expand the green space around your home or improve your existing lawn.  The time of year you plant grass seed has a direct effect on its success. Proper timing helps ensure your grass seed will germinate properly, grow quickly and remain healthy while new seedlings become established.  A healthy, attractive lawn starts with proper site preparation. Proper grading of the site prior to planting is important, as it helps ensure water drains away efficiently and allows for easy mowing. 

Prepare The Soil

Optimum soil conditions boost successful seed germination and support healthy turf growth. To prepare your soil for planting, do the following:

  • Test your lawn's soil.  If your soil test shows that your lawn's pH is outside the range for healthy turf growth, Ultra Compost's Gardem Lime can restore pH balance.
  • Add nutrients to soil.  The recommendations from your lawn soil test will outline your soil's nutrient needs. Ultra Compost Crumbles can help restore optimal nutrient levels for healthy grass growth. 
  • Amend to alter structure. Conditions such as very sandy soil or heavy, compacted soil affect seed germination, growth and the overall health of your lawn. For healthy grass growth, soil needs to contain sufficient air, yet it also needs to retain the nutrients and moisture grass needs. Improve your new soil's aeration and water penetration by removing rocks and incorporating Ultra Compost Biochar and Compost Crumbles, at a depth of 2 to 4 inches before planting. For existing lawns we aeration is highly recomended prior to application of Ultra Compost products.

Choose The Best Seed

Whether you grow warm-season or cool-season grasses depends primarily on where you live. Warm-season lawn grasses are best suited to southern climates and grow most vigorously during the warm months of the year. They typically go dormant and brown in the winter. Cool-season grasses are typically used in northern and transition zone lawns, growing best where summers are moderate and winters are cold. They remain green all year, but can go brown and dormant in heat and drought.

Plant The Seed

Once Ultra Compost soil amendments are complete and your soil surface is smooth and prepped, broadcast the seed evenly according to your seed product's recommended seeding rates. Remember to carefully review the seed package label instructions.  Keeping grass seeds and seedlings constantly moist but not soggy is critical to successful grass-seeding efforts. Water newly seeded areas two to three times a day with a light spray to keep the seeds moist. 

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