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How to Prepare Soil for Grass Seeds

Updated: Jun 20

Before you plant grass seed, though, you need to prepare the soil. This preparation will help you avoid mistakes and get the best results.

If you are thinking about planting grass seed this season, there are a few things you need to know beforehand. While no one's soil in their yard is perfect, with some extra preparation time and the proper supplements for your soil, you will have a lush and green yard throughout the summer and fall.

What Do I Add to my Soil Before Planting Grass?

First of all, you will want to test the pH level of your soil. There are two ways to make this happen. You can either use a testing meter that you will insert into the soil that will give you the pH result or you can use a testing kit that you can purchase that will allow you to retrieve and send samples of your soil off to be analyzed at a lab.

The lab will then send you back a soil report so you will know what your soil is lacking or has too much of. You can also use a mixture of baking soda and vinegar to test the soil pH level by simply collecting 1 cup of soil from several areas of your line then splitting it into different cups. You can add a half a cup of vinegar to one of the cups and a half a cup of baking soda to the other cup.

The soil's reaction to these two different substances will help you be able to determine if your soil is alkaline or acidic. Grass does best with a pH range of 6.5 to 7.0. It is considered to be two acidic if it is below 6.5 and more alkaline if it is above 7 and you will have to adjust them.

To raise the pH levels, you can use limestone to mix it with your soil, which will help raise the overall pH level. You can use dry or damp limestone, but dry limestone is much more efficient and will cost you less money. You can also use a more organic way to raise the pH level by sprinkling about a half an inch of wood ash over your soil before mixing it into the soil about a foot deep. This method will take you much more time, so you will have to consider that.

To lower the pH level if your soil is alkaline, you can use organic matter such as composted manure or even acidic mulch such as pine needles. The pH level of your soil will lower over time as the materials decompose and bacteria grow. You could also use sulfur that can be found in aluminum sulfate or even a product like Tri-C Humate Soil Conditioner to achieve this.

What Month is Best to Put Grass Seed Down?

The best time to plant grass seed depends on the type of grass you are planting. For example, cooler season grasses like Kentucky bluegrass or fescue will do better when the weather is colder outside. The best time to plant this type of grass would be in late summer or early fall. Bermuda grass or Bahia grass will do best in warmer temperatures so it is better to plant those in either late spring or early in the summer.

What You Should Do After?

After you plant grass seed, it is important to water it right away and then water it at least once or twice a week throughout the summer. If a drought occurs, you will clearly have to water it more often. Keep in mind that when you first water it, make sure you use a light spray because you do not want to wash away the grass seed you just planted into the soil.

How Long Does It Take Grass Seed to Grow?

If you have spread the grass seed throughout your line properly and prepared your soil to be the best growing environment for your grass seed, it should only take 10 to 14 days to start growing. You will not want to begin mowing it until it is had time to grow to at least six or seven inches tall so you do not mess it up.

Once you do all the things above, you will have amazingly beautiful grass that is green and lush throughout this summer so that you can relax and enjoy it. Would you like to learn more? Contact us today

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