In the life of your yard there are bound to be periods where grass planting and repair are necessary. Useful when filling in patchy spots, repairing a lawn after excavation or grassing over a garden, planting is the process of starting a lawn and repair is done to bring a lawn back to its former glory.
Grass Planting Basics
There are certain elements of the grass planting process that will ensure the best results. Choosing the right type of grass seed is the most important – look for a variety that grows well within your soil and climate conditions.
You also need to plant grass seed at the proper depth in order for it to thrive. Most grass types will need to be planted 1/8” to 1/4″ into the moist soil for the best start. Rolling or gently pushing the seeds into the dirt will provide good contact and better results.
Pay attention to whether the seed you chose is cool weather or warm weather seed. Cool weather grass seed should be planted in fall and early winter, while warm weather seed is best sown in the late spring or when temperatures go above 70 degrees.
Sodding or Seeding?
Lawn repair can be done in a few different ways. You can lay sod in the area or spread grass seed, depending on the scope of the repair, the time available and your budget. Grass can also be planted with plugs and sprouts, but that is best left to the professional landscaper.
Sod can be expensive, but will produce a grassy area quickly. When taken care of new sod will incorporate with the existing lawn quickly.
Seeding is an economical, simple form of repair that takes very little work. It does require patience though and proper care during the planting and rooting stage. Choose whichever method of lawn repair that works best or your situation and schedule.