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Video:Tips for Seeding a New Lawn

with Aaron Dostie

Want to learn about seeding a new lawn and what you should and shouldn't do? Here, see helpful tips for seeding a new lawn.See Transcript

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Transcript:Tips for Seeding a New Lawn

Hi my name is Aaron Dostie for About.com and today we are going to discuss tips for seeding a new lawn.

Basics for Seeding a New Lawn

Tip one is to choose the right type of grass seed for your property. Use a grass seed mixture designed for full sun if your property is exposed to 75% or more sunlight. If your property only receives 50% sunlight use a grass seed mixture designed for sun shade. If you property is Heavily shaded with trees around the property you may only receive about 25% sunlight, therefore you need to use a grass seed mixture designed for shade.

Other Basics for Seeding a New Lawn

Tip two for seeding a new lawn. Make sure you loam is dried before spreading it. If possible cover your loam pile with a tarp. This will make raking out the loam easier before you seed the lawn. The loam that you choose should be a sandy loam the reason is the root system will be more extensive and deeper than in a clay loam.

Other Tips for Seeding a New Lawn

Tip three for seeding a new lawn is to spread the seed with a broadcast or drop spreader in two directions. The rate for seeding a new lawn is eight pounds of grass seed per thousand square feet. Whether it’s a full sun, part sun, or shade grass seed mixture this rate applies for all of them. Spread the first four pounds in one direction.

Seeding a New Lawn

When you are done with that go perpendicular to the direction you just spread the seed with the remaining four pounds.Tip four for seeding a new lawn is to cover the seed soil with either hay or straw. The reason for covering the new seed soil is to protect the new grass seed and to keep that layer moist. Many people don’t realize that there is a difference between hay and straw. Hay has a lot of broad leaf weeds and grassy weeds in it. Which will germinate and become very difficult to control when it becomes established in the lawn. Straw on the other hand has no broad leaf weeds and grassy weeds in it. Therefor straw is the better choice.

Other Tips

Tip five for seeding a new lawn is the most important. Water. Watering the lawn is critical to getting it established. run the water for thirty to forty five minutes per section in the spring, late summer early fall for two weeks. Weeks three and four water one to one and a half hours per section 2 to 3 times per week. After week four, water as needed. Avoid too much water seed will wash out or it will rott. Not enough water, nothing grows. And one final tip. After weeks three and four apply an application of starter fertilizer.the phosophorous will give the new seedlings the boost that it needs for survival.

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