Seeding lawns is just right around the corner. Many of us we go out and just buy a big bag of seed.... and we seed and hope! That's not the right way to do it.
Just walking down the grass seed aisle can get confusing - there are so many brands and so many claims. So which is the right grass seed for you?
First, find out what type of grass you have growing in your lawn. Most of us have either Kentucky bluegrass or a turf type fescue. Unless you're willing to kill out your lawn and start over, stick with what is already growing in your lawn. Kentucky bluegrass is usually emerald green in color and has much finer blades. Fescues have a coarser blade that is thicker. If you're not sure, take a sample from your lawn in to your local nursery, hardware or garden center and ask for help. While you're there you can talk to them about how much shade versus sun areas you have and the condition of your soil.
Understanding the label on grass seeds is important. Just because grass seed is expensive doesn't necessarily mean better. The most important thing to look for on the grass seed label is 0% crop. Crop is the stuff in grass seed bags that can mean weeds or other unknowns that you don't want growing in your lawn. Also look for high germination rate numbers.
Most people plant way too much grass seed. When people plant too much grass seed the disease and heat resistance are canceled and the next Summer you will have all kinds of disease and heat problems. Remember this: if you seed heavy you will seed often and that's not good.
Finally, preparation is the key to growing a successful lawn. Just throwing grass seed down is like throwing money away. Seed needs contact with the soil to grow. You'll need to rake or verticut to provide for good germination.
Next week we're going to be showing which is the best machine to use for over seeding and why core aeration is a bad idea! See you next week.