Sprinkling grass seed may seem like an easy task. However, if you want to have the optimal results, and why wouldn’t you? Then you will need to follow some pretty simple steps. In this article, we are taking a quick look at how to sprinkle grass seeds on two different types of garden.
Sprinkle Grass Seed On Bare Parts
The first step is to remove the thatch, weeds, stones, sticks from the lawn, and provide the grass seed space to shoot up. Make the soil loose in uncovered parts up to a depth of 1″ with a cultivator. On these spots, apply a grass fertilizer or some compost. If these parts are a lot compacted, loosen the soil up to 6″. It is required to add peat moss to these parts after sprinkling seed.
Now that the ground is ready to sprinkle the grass seed on these bare areas by hand or hydraulic methods. Different seeds are available for shady areas and those exposed to sunlight. Also, depending on the look desired (i.e., which shade of green, how thick) different seeds are used. After sprinkling, make the area slightly moist with water.
On Entire Lawn
While seeding the entire lawn, mow the grass short. That provides the sprinkled seeds space to reach the soil. Now, if the ground is hard, the possibility of germination is less. So loosen the dirt. Apply an excellent organic material on the earth. Select a new variety of seeds, which resists insects and can stand drought. Sprinkle seeds by hand, a mechanical seeder, or a broadcast seeder.
The sprinkling must be even. Avoid seeding on a windy day, or it will blow to one side of the field. The fertilizer to be added must be low in nitrogen, which avoids burning and more in phosphorus, which enhances root development. Over the sprinkled seeds put a thin layer of compost. Keep the seed moist. Hydroseeding means that a professional company sprinkles the grass seed and mulch mix on the lawn, and only watering has to be done. That is a more straightforward but costlier method.
The areas in which seeds are sprinkled are to be kept moist at all times till the seed germinates. Intimidate birds from these areas by using a red flash tape. Maintain a thin film of organic matter (e.g., manure) over the area. Cover the bare area with plastic sheets placing some stones at the edges till little shoots grow up to 1″. Soon the fresh grass will mix with the old grass. Due to raking, some existing grass gets removed, but it is substituted by new grass.
The grass is a beautiful addition in the garden when it looks nice. That does not include bare patches of dirt. If you have any bare spots, then bear in mind the two tips that we have given you, and get your lawn back in shape.