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A good lawn has long been one of the best ways for your house to make a good first impression to friends, relatives, or potential buyers. The thick green carpet that greets someone on the way in grants a veneer of care and attention to detail that makes the homeowner look all the more sophisticated.
The lawn can be so important a visual that some homeowners will take unusual amounts of time tending it without company expected at all. Nevertheless, even the most determined efforts can fail.
Excess or dearth of hydration, damage from the local wildlife or disgruntled neighbors, vehicle tracks and more can leave a lawn an unsightly mess of dying grass and churned mud. Although it will eventually recover naturally (assuming nothing else exacerbates the damage), leaving their lawn in such a sorry state will hardly appeal to a homeowner with even the most basic sense of pride in their house’s outward appearance.
Some people will give up entirely, taking to sodding their lawn or yard with pregrown strips of turf. While this solution is both quick and effective, it can be exceptionally costly.
In many cases, it will not take. Then you will find yourself with dead grass that cuts through with seams between the turf rolls.
Others will abandon the green option and try to repair the damage with brick or gravel. If you are dedicated to your lawn then the most obvious choice to remedy the damage is using commercial grass seed.
A good grass seed will often come packaged according to the area it is intended to cover. Sometimes it will be mixed with nutrient powder or paste to make certain that the ground it is applied to will be healthy enough to support plant life.
Homeowners can bolster these effects by doing a small amount of preparatory work beforehand. Smoothing out the ground with a rake or spade and aerating it properly will allow the seeds to penetrate the topsoil and root into the clay beneath.
Grass seed should be spread fairly evenly over the ground to be treated. Ideally, it’s best on freshly turned soil, with plenty of sunlight or uses a good floral lamp on a properly aligned timer. Results may not be immediately visible, but grass begins to germinate and root quickly enough.
Watering newly seeded grass is a delicate operation and requires a great deal of personal judgment on the part of the homeowner. Expert opinions in the field are often quoted as saying that soil needs to be moist, neither swimming nor parched.
The real challenge is generally gauging the natural moisture in the soil and figuring by what degree it needs to be supplemented, and at what intervals. The color of the soil can often be a clue in this regard. Several publications exist that homeowners can learn how to judge moisture by soil color or native vegetation, allowing for a more accurate estimate of how much watering is needed.
Equally important for healthy grass is the schedule in which both light and water are provided. If these necessities do not accurately simulate a natural cycle, the grass may fail regardless of where it is planted. Outdoor sunlight is best. For shaded or indoor gardens, a floral lamp and timer can do the trick.
As with any gardening, seeding grass needs to be done in the right season. You want to wait until several days of warm weather with clear skies are predicted before starting out to make sure that the grass has time to properly germinate and form a root network.
This network will serve to hold the soil in place and help the grass regenerate itself if cut up again. It will also enable spreading nutrients more evenly across the yard to keep the grass as healthy as possible.
Taking certain protective measures can help give your grass a chance. The creation of even the most rudimentary of barriers around the ground to be seeded discourages foot traffic that would otherwise disturb the developing root structure.
Certain products exist that serve both to nourish plants and repel animals such as cats and dogs. A sound investment for anyone looking to repair grass near a public walkway.
None of this, of course, is an acceptable substitute for knowing what kind of grass seed to buy in the first place. Different regions are suitable or hostile for various strains of grass seed.
Homeowners should make certain that what they are planting is appropriate for their area. Seed planted in an area with too high a temperature or the wrong acidity in the soil is highly unlikely to take and is at best a substandard effort to repair a damaged lawn.
In the event that multiple seed strains are suitable for your region, there are several opinions that they should be purchased and applied evenly to the area in question, in the hopes that even if one fails the rest will succeed. This approach has some merit and is in fact adopted by certain commercial suppliers that provide seed bags already filled with five to ten of the most prolific varieties in that area.
Mixing seeds can have its drawbacks, though, as the seeds will compete for nutrients and root space, and may result in crossbred plants that lack the advantages which allowed their ‘parent’ strains to flourish in a given locale.
Some professional advice from a local garden expert can be critical in making sure that such blending does not further harm the lawn it was supposed to repair.
All other variables have gone well, the average grass seeding tends to take from roughly a week to just shy of a month to produce visible results. Individual sprouts may show quite early. A full coat of grass may run closer to 30 days to fully come in.
Should there be holes or bald spots even once the seedling has sprouted, homeowners should not panic or dig up the area. Plants can come in varying stages, and so it may be wise to wait and ascertain that the seeding really has failed before trying anything else.