You there, grass grower! How’s it going? Have you taken a look at your grass lately? Or did you give up in July (officially recorded as the hottest July ever since 1880)?
Whether you’re spending time and money keeping your lawn green or precious energy staring out the window at the brown patch you used to call a lawn, you’re not living your life the way you should be.
In Canada we have just begun prime grass seeding time. That’s right, despite what all of those TV ads tell you, grass actually does better when it’s started in the fall (in Canada, the third week of August to the end of September). For all other places in North America, check out Eco-Lawn’s seeding times chart.
Fall provides the best of both worlds: warm temperatures and ample sunlight, not to mention the reliable rains and less competition with weeds. These are perfect conditions to get those roots into the ground in preparation for winter. Come spring, if you’ve done everything right, a little overseeding is all you need and the lesser spring rains can take care of most of the watering for you.
If you live in an area that doesn’t really receive “winter” as we do in the Northern States and Canada, be sure to take advantage of the cooler periods: November, December, January. The seeds will thank you for it: just like our Canadian skin after a long winter, it will burn without some protection. And no one needs that.
Seeding and Overseeding
Seeding grass is a fairly simple concept with a few caveats. Especially when you’re seeding Eco-Lawn. Essentially it’s the same process as other grass seeds but if you really want it to take off, there are a few considerations.
1. Remove existing weeds, grass, and debris.
2. Loosen the soil about 3 inches deep.
3. Rake smooth.
4. Sprinkle compost (1/4 inch layer) in area.
5. Apply water.
6. Spread seeds according to the bag.
7. Water again and press seeds into soil by walking over the area.
Watering is a bit of a controversial subject. If you water too aggressively, you will push the seed around into an uneven pattern. If you don’t water enough, your seeds will dry up. If you water on a hill, you can easily wash all the seeds down to the bottom. Be smart about watering, apply it lightly and for longer periods of time rather than in short bursts. Drive those roots downwards and keep the area moist until germination happens. Upon germination, water less frequently but still keep on top of it. Proper care during these stages of a grass blade’s life are critical.
If you didn’t notice, a lot of seeding a new lawn is preparation. Probably 90% of the time you will spend establishing a new lawn will be preparing for the seed to be sown. And it’s well worth it.
Overseeding isn’t much different except the prep work isn’t as intense. When you overseed, you are taking new seed and spreading it into the existing lawn.
Before overseeding, use a fan rake to get rid of debris and built up that accumulates at the soil surface. Wait until it rains in the fall (or apply water yourself) and throw down some compost and seed. Take a long walk through your lawn area, ensuring firm contact with the soil and the seed. The existing lawn will bounce right back up, not to worry.
The Shameless Eco-Lawn Plug
Here it goes: Eco-Lawn works well in the dry climates in the southern States, survives the well-below-0 winters throughout Canada, and can take a heck of a lot of water without drowning (if you live in an area prone to those conditions).
The added benefit is that it is also drought tolerant. Once established and given the chance to drill roots a foot into the ground, it will source its own water. The thin blades create a mass of thick lawn that shades the soil surface, keeping moisture closer to where it’s needed.
The seven different species work in harmony, avoiding the traditional monoculture sold by most lawn seed brands. The result is a lawn that is healthier and more apt to fend off an insect or disease attack. And grubs? Not likely, since you won’t need to water constantly to keep it green.
It’s your time to shine, Canada (and a number of States, too). If you’re not sure about it yet, give us a call – we’d be happy to help you out!
And, of course, our website has a tonne of information for all of your inquisitive minds.
Enjoy the last bit of summer and, of course, HAPPY SEEDING!