What You Need to Understand About Grass Seed

What You Need to Understand About Grass Seed

Your success with using grass seed depends on the type you use and the quality of the seed.

There could be many reasons why you’re having difficulty growing grass. Some of them could include the weather, soil, traffic, or errors in maintenance. The real answer is usually a combination of these reasons and would require you take a step back and reevaluate how you treat your grass. If you’ve tried fertilizer, maintaining a better watering schedule, and learning more about the composition of your soil, maybe the next step is learning more about using grass seed. With that said, here are a few important things you need to understand about grass seed.

Type of Seed

Not all grass seed is the same. Your success with using grass seed depends on the type you use and the quality of the seed. Read the packaging to gather all the necessary information about the variety of the seed and its composition. Be sure to choose the variety that will give you the most chance of success for the climate in which you live.

Freshness

There is a freshness factor when it comes to grass seed. There should be a test date on the packaging that will give you more insight about how fresh the grass seed is. Along with that date, you should also check the germination percentage rate. This will tell you how much a sufficient amount for full and thick coverage on your lawn will be.

Soil Temperatures

It might not be appropriate to go out and apply the seed as soon as you get home. The temperature of the soil plays a big role in the effectiveness of the seed. Each variety of grass seed has a specific temperature range that will work the best for that type.

Loose Soil

Before you apply the grass seed, make sure that the soil is nice and loose. Be methodical about the way that you apply the grass seed as it needs to come into direct contact with the soil to germinate. After that, cover the seed with a thin layer of mulch to help it retain moisture and to protect the seed from birds.  

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Posted: August 24, 2018

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