Growing a greener, healthier lawn might be easier than you think. With a few basic steps before planting grass seeds, followed by simple maintenance, you can add a beautiful and relaxing outdoor space to your home. Here’s our guide to growing a lawn your entire family can enjoy:
pH test your soil
Before you plant grass, determine if your soil is missing vital nutrients for healthy grass growth with a pH soil test. In Northeast Ohio, grass typically flourishes in soil with a pH range between 6.0 and 7.0. If your soil’s pH is too acidic or too alkaline, you can correct it by adding ground limestone or compost respectively. Soil testing will also help you choose the best fertilizer for your lawn.
Choose the right grass seeds
If you live in Northeast Ohio, you’ll want to plant cool-season grass. This includes tall and red fescues, perennial ryegrass, and Kentucky bluegrass. When choosing your seeds, read the product label to be sure you’ve chosen the appropriate blend for the amount of sunlight your lawn receives.
Overseed an existing lawn
Overseeding or adding grass seeds to an existing lawn is a great way to get a healthier, thicker looking lawn. Before spreading seeds, you should mow the grass, remove any lawn debris, and break up the top layer of soil. Aerating your lawn prior to overseeding is an excellent way to make sure that the grass seeds reach the soil and absorb the vital nutrients they need for healthy growth.
Plant grass at the appropriate time
The best time to plant cool-season grass is in the late spring or early fall when the temperature outside remains between 60-75 degrees and it’s unlikely to frost. Planting in the spring or fall also ensures the there is enough sunlight to germinate the seeds.
Water your lawn
One of the keys to healthy lawn is having grass with deep roots. To develop deep, healthy roots, your lawn needs enough water. Lawns typically need 1-2 inches of water per week; however, this can vary depending on the temperature and soil conditions. Newly planted grass needs moderately moist soil, so water your new grass every day until it is approximately 2 inches in height.
Maintain your lawn
Maintain your new green grass with continuous monitoring and maintenance. Once your lawn has grown a few inches, it’s time to mow. Mowing on a regular basis will help keep your grass thicker and healthier. Torn grass blades are more susceptible to lawn diseases and pests, so be sure your mower blades are sharp.
Check your lawn for weeds and spot treat as needed. Weeds steal water and nutrients and block sunlight from grass. Controlling weeds ensures your lawn gets the nourishment it needs to stay healthy.
Last, maintain a lawn fertilization schedule. Fertilizer ensures your grass receives the essential nutrients it needs for proper growth and will also help it fight off weeds all season long.
If you would like help growing a greener healthier lawn, contact the lawn care professionals at LawnMatters.
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