Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Watering Tips for Newly Seeded Areas


The key to successfully turning seed into established grass is consistency and awareness of how you water it. For the first 1-4 weeks, or until the seed has germinated, water lightly (mist or fine spray) 1-2 times per day to keep the top inch of the soil consistently moist. Do not wash away the seed with too much water. After the seed has germinated, continue to water daily, keeping the top 2 inches of soil moist until the grass reaches mowing height (about 3 inches). Once the grass has reached this point, you can reduce watering to roughly twice per week, but soaking the soil more deeply. The goal during this stage is to encourage roots to grow deeper into the soil. 

The straw matting put down over new seed does NOT need to be removed. The matting will disintegrate, and is not only a protective shield for your seed, but also prevents erosion, which will wash away the soil and seed. Once the seed grows in, you won't even be able to see the matting!

 


Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Aeration 101

 Most of you have probably heard about Aeration - or are at least familiar with the word - but do you know what it does and why we do it? We'd love to break this service down for you.

Essentially, core aeration punches holes in the turf, removing plugs of grass and soil in the process. This action creates pockets of air in your turf, and can relieve compaction built up by foot traffic, pets, and other factors. If you've ever cooked a frozen meal in the microwave, and used a fork to puncture the meal before heating it up, you understand that this action allows the heat to distribute more evenly throughout the food. Same goes for aeration allowing sunlight, water, and nutrients to permeate your turf! Aeration relieves pressure in your lawn, and offers it the ability to breathe in these vital nutrients.

Pro tip for determining whether your turf is compacted: the "Screwdriver Test." Grab a screwdriver and stick it into your turf - it should slide in relatively easily. If you meet resistance, you're probably suffering from compaction!

We love pairing aeration with Overseeding, as these little pockets of air created by aeration offer an ideal nest for new seed to flourish. As opposed to seeding on top of the earth, we are getting the seed deeper, as well as offering a protected space for it to grow and thrive. 

If you're suffering from lawn compaction, heavy weeds in your turf, or an uneven lawn - aeration and overseeding just may be the answer this fall. Stronger, healthier grass can choke out those pesky weeds, and creating pockets of air in your turf allows it to settle more evenly.

Still have questions about aeration and/ or overseeding? Fire away! We'd love to help



Watering Tips for Newly Seeded Areas

The key to successfully turning seed into established grass is consistency and awareness of how you water it. For the first 1-4 weeks, or un...