If sowing a lawn is very easy, ending up on a beautiful lawn has some requirements. Choosing the seed, time and method of sowing, here are several tips for success on your lawn.
Choose your lawn seed
First and foremost, choosing the seed of your lawn is essential to obtain a beautiful lawn. This must take into account the purpose of your lawn, the nature of the soil of your land, and the climatic conditions of your area.
Thus, for a leisure garden dedicated to leisure for example, grass rye grass will be preferred in regions with less heat in summer, this variety tending to yellow in this season. For the regions with the highest temperatures, the choice will rather be towards a species red fescuesalthough they are more susceptible to trampling.
When to sow a lawn?
Once the choice of seed has been stopped, then determine the best time to plant your lawn, again depending on the weather conditions.
For regions further north, sowing can be done in two periods, from mid-March to mid-June, or from September to mid-October. For those further south, that can be done from late February to late May, and from September to mid-November.
In all cases, periods of frost and drought are to be avoided for sowing.
How to sow a lawn?
The seeding of a turf then takes place by proceeding in stages:
- Soil preparationIf your land was already landscaped with a lawn, it should be removed and burned. The soil should then be turned over with a spade or tiller and cleaned to be free from weeds and pebbles. At this time, it is possible to bring an organic or mineral fertilizer to the soil, especially to enrich it and promote the growth of grass; it must then be mixed with the soil in place about 5 centimeters deep. Finally, the surface must be flattened with a roller and a rake;
- The preparation of the seed: Before being sown, the seeds must be mixed in a container like a bucket for a better homogeneity of the lawn, the heavier ones tending to sink in the bottom of sod sacks;
- SowingThis is done in different ways. The first and simplest is done with the help of a seed drill that facilitates the distribution of seeds. The second, defined method of sowing on the fly, requires having prepared the soil in the form of a checkerboard and then being able to disperse the seedling by hand in each square. Also, whatever the technique used, different points must hold your attention. First of all, no sowing should be done on rainy days. You must then respect the dosages indicated on your grass bag. The distribution should also be homogeneous to avoid holes and clumps in your pelous. Finally, a raking about 3 cm centimeters and then a roll are necessary to allow the adhesion of the seeds;
- Watering the lawnWatering is finally important for the lawn to grow, and must be in sufficient quantity to maintain an adequate level of moisture on the ground. This depends in particular on the season and the weather. Also, when the grass has raised about ten centimeters, between one and three weeks after sowing, a first mowing will be necessary followed by a passage of the roller.