Remember how luscious and green your front lawn’s grass used to be when you first bought your home? As the years have passed, your grass’s vibrancy has faded away, and now you’re left with brown grass that makes your home look uninviting. If you’re looking to restore life into your front lawn, you should plant grass seed. Planting grass seed is a cost-effective, satisfying way to expand the green space around your home. Best of all, having a properly maintained lawn boosts your home’s curb appeal. Simply by dedicating a bit of time and effort to this home improvement project, you can bring to life a gorgeous expanse of green grass.
Selecting Quality Seed
Don’t just go for the first seed packet that you find at the supermarket and call it a day, as you’ll need to factor in your region’s climate and growing conditions. Premium, purebred seeds guarantee that your lawn will grow grass that’s water-conserving and drought-resistant. Keep in mind that warm-season lawn grasses are best suited for southern climates and prosper during the summer, and cool-season grasses are reserved for northern and transition zone lawns.
Timing is Everything
The direct success of your grass seed depends on the time of year that you begin to plant it. Perfect timing ensures that your grass seed will germinate properly and that it remains healthy while new seedlings establish themselves. It’s essential to understand a bit of geography to determine when the best time of year to grow grass seed—but don’t worry, you don’t need to be a geography expert. The optimal time to plant grass seed varies by state. For example, lawns across the northern portion of the United States favor cool-season grasses such as perennial ryegrass and Kentucky bluegrass.
Early fall is the ideal time in many states to plant grass seed because the ground is hot enough to aid with germination. Moreover, the days tend to be cold and rainy during the fall—a combination that helps to ensure that newly planted seeds don’t dry out.
Healthy Soil Means Healthy Turf
Optimum soil conditions promote successful seed germination and steady turf growth. Healthy, successful lawns are the result of adequate pH levels in the soil. Lawn grasses sprout best when soil pH levels are between 6.0-7.5. Take accurate soil samples and send those samples to a reputable soil laboratory for testing. A local county extension office can help you attain a soil testing kit and provide you with information on nearby soil testing facilities. Once your results are in, you’ll have accurate information on the state of your soil’s pH and nutrient levels. Labs typically also provide recommendations for changes you can make to your planting process so that you can grow the most vivid lawn possible.
Lawn care is so much more than simply mowing your lawn. If you want to boast a lawn that all your neighbors will be jealous of, contact All Green Pest Control today for all your lawn care needs.