If you have a small piece of land around your house or a garden, you already have a lawn, or if not, you probably want to have it to make your neighbour envious. Planting grass and taking care of it is one of those things that seems more complex than it is; let’s see it!
Enjoying a beautiful green area in which to sunbathe in summer, play with your children, enjoy with your pet, prepare a lunch/dinner with friends and sit down to read… it’s much easier than you think. We are going to prove it to you.
Sow lawn in 7 steps
Today we will see the steps we must follow to have a garden that is the envy of the entire neighbourhood. Keep reading!
- Analyze the terrain. The first thing we must know is the characteristics of the soil in which we intend to sow the lawn and the weather conditions since these will give us fundamental clues about what type of lawn we can have and the care we must provide. We must also delimit the area we want to cover and think about whether we want to plant any other variety of plants in addition to the grass. In short, we must design our ideal garden to be apparent how we want it to look from the beginning.
- Choose the variety. Having cleared the previous point, it is time to choose the grass that best suits our conditions and the function we want to give it. As with other types of plants and crops, there are different varieties of grass that we can classify into three large families or assumptions: grass for sports and games, which is resistant to trampling; ornamental and fine grass, which is a grass with a delicate and bushy leaf that cannot be walked on and that requires more care; and grass to relax and enjoy, something intermediate between the other two.
- Prepare the soil. Before sowing the lawn, the ground must be ready to receive the seeds, for which we must do some tasks such as tilling it to loosen the soil and allow air and moisture to circulate, clean the soil of stones and weeds, apply an amendment organic such as compost, manure, mulch… Also, if the soil is too acidic, we can add lime, and if it has too much clay or is very compact, the sand will make it lighter and looser.
- Choose the irrigation system. Before sowing the lawn, you should consider what irrigation system you want to use since the lawn is one of the plants that need the most water at certain times. If you want to enjoy your free time without paying attention every day, the best option is the installation of automatic irrigation.
- Level the ground. The previous tasks will have produced unevenness that we must smooth with a rake to level the ground and ensure our lawn does not suffer undulations.
- It’s time to sow our lawn! We can sow the lawn in two ways: by hand or using a seeder. Be that as it may, we must mark rows or strips to avoid leaving gaps without seeds. As a tip, first, sow the perimeter of the land to leave it already delimited. It is essential to apply the recommended dose to the seed envelope at a favourable time for its growth (spring or autumn).
- And after that? Once the grass is sown, it must germinate, and for this, it is necessary to keep the soil slightly moist. We must water it gently and frequently, about 4-6 times a day.
The first grasses will appear about five days after sowing and the totality after about four weeks. When the grass reaches a height of about 8-10 centimetres, we will have to make the first mowing. One third of the total height of the lawn should be cut to encourage new shoot growth.
Planting grass requires care, time and responsibility. Having a lush green lawn comes with a significant responsibility: planting it. A beautiful garden cannot exist on its own, so it needs to be reseeded every three or four years, depending on the state it is in, what has been used, or if pets have wreaked havoc. Maintaining a good lawn helps control weeds and prevents bald spots. Below are some frequently asked question’s answer you may want to know before planting the lawn.
What is the best way to seed the lawn?
In the area to be planted, remove debris that is not grass, such as sticks, leaves or stones. To reseed your garden or sow the new lawn, remove all existing grass (including weeds) by the roots. Once the ground is cleared, everything is ready to start planting.
How to choose the correct grass seed for each garden?
Choosing the right green seed comes down to a few factors: the climate where you live, the use to which it will be put and aesthetics. First of all, if your area has an extreme climate, you should choose the one that best adapts to changes in temperature. Next, consider usage: will a lot of people step on it? Will it be used daily? All these considerations are essential when choosing which type of lawn is best for you. If you already have it, follow the above guidelines and sow the lawn.
In what month is it better to sow the lawn?
The answer to this question is whether grass suits cold or warm temperatures. The best time of year to plant the latter is in late spring or early summer, as they tend to germinate best when the soil is between 18ºC and 21ºC. On the contrary, the cold season ones are best planted in early autumn and hold better between 10ºC and 15ºC. Still, the goal is to plant the seeds when it’s not too hot. Following this guide, you can boast of beautiful natural grass. For more information, you can contact us freely.