FEBRUARY TO APRIL LAWN CARE
In early spring as the grass is just beginning to grow it is important to apply a fertilizer. Grass needs a lot of nutrients in order to grow and stay healthy throughout the summer. It is important to apply a crabgrass and other grassy weed preventer at this time to inhibit them from germinating. If the soil is compacted and the grass hasn’t grown well it may be time to aerate. Make sure the lawnmower is working before you need to use it. You can apply the first application of fertilizer and crab grass preventative anytime between February and April.
APRIL TO JUNE LAWN CARE
This second application feeds that hungry lawn to keep it going and it will also kill weeds such as dandelions and many other broadleaf weeds which are beginning to grow. Make sure to apply it on a damp lawn before the dew dries when there is no wind. This can be applied anytime between April and June.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT GRASS SEEDHere in New England and New York locations we are in a zone where we grow cool season grasses. These grasses grow in areas that get freezing winters and hot summers. Choosing the type of grass seed depends on the look you want and also on the growing conditions where you are planting it.
HOW TO SEED YOUR LAWN
First, determine what type of grass you are planting. Keep in mind that you may need more than one type for your yard. Be mindful that cheaper seeds may have lower germination rates. Look for a seed label that has an 80-90% germination rate.
Break up the soil with a tiller or rake. Apply a starter fertilizer over the loosened soil.
Add compost, peat moss or dehydrated manure and rake this into the soil. Then rake it to level it out, tamp the soil down then add the seed. Lightly rake to add a thin layer of soil over the seed.Lastly, add a layer of a pre-chopped hay and straw substitute. This is better than hay as it has been treated so that the weeds and mold spores have been removed. This is also an ORGANIC product and will decompose in about 3-4 weeks just about in time to mow your new grass.
Water daily using a fine mist to prevent any seed runoff, keeping it evenly moist. Water for about two weeks after it has sprouted. When the grass is 2” high, remove any remaining hay.
COOL SEASON GRASSES
Determine if you need sun, shady or sun/shade grass seed or even high traffic. Sunny grass seeds grow best in areas that receive 6 to 8 hours of sun or more each day and are more tolerant of heat and dryness. The grasses that do best here are perennial rye grass, Kentucky Blue grass, creeping bentgrass, fescue and Bermuda grass. Shady grass seeds grow best in areas that receive little or no sun. The best seeds for this is creeping fescue, velvet bentgrass, tall fescue, perennial ryegrass and rough bluegrass.
Sun and shade seeds combine the two. Heavy traffic seeds such as tall fescue have a courser look but tolerate areas with high use. Many seed companies combine more than one seed in the package for the best coverage. If you have any questions please ask one of our team members for further assistance.