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Can I Just Throw Grass Seed Down? (Tips for a Lush Lawn)

Can I Just Throw Grass Seed Down? (Tips for a Lush Lawn)
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If you want to create a vibrant and lush green lawn, you should know that it’s going to require a considerable amount of time and effort. You will have to make a commitment, and as long as you hold up your end, the rewards are definitely going to be worth it.

Undertaking a successful grass seed project is a fantastic idea, and it’s going to be well worth the time and resources that you put in.

Not only does a beautiful lawn improve the aesthetic appeal of your house, but it also increases the value. More importantly, you are going to have a wonderful space outside where you can just sit and relax.

Even if you are growing the lawn for the first time, there are several steps that you can take to ensure that the grass seeds come along nicely.

Throwing the Seeds

Grass Seed

If you want to grow grass on the lawn, you will have to put in the grass seeds. However, can grass seeds just be thrown on the ground? The simple answer to this question is yes, they are going to grow in some cases when they are just thrown on the ground.

However, you need to understand that apart from just throwing the seeds on the ground, there is a lot of care required. Sprinkling the grass seeds all over the lawn seems like a wise idea to most people, mainly because it saves time and money.

But, if you want a truly lush green lawn, you should know that it’s going to require a bit more care.

While the seed is going to sprout if you just throw it on the surface of the lawn, you should know that there are a few negative effects of planting the seeds in this manner. For instance, it could have a negative impact on the germination. The quality of the grass is going to reduce by a significant margin over the passage of time.

That’s simply because the grass is not rooted in the right manner. Eventually, it is going to stop growing, and will die as well. You will notice bare patches appearing on different parts of the lawn.

Simply put, without proper maintenance and preparation before planting the grass seeds, you should know that the grass is not going to grow properly. It’s just a monumental waste of time and money.

Instead, there’s a better way of doing things. Here are the steps that you need to take to properly plant and grow the grass in your lawn.

Preparing the Soil

Checking pH of Soil

Before you decide to plant the seeds or just sprinkle them, it is important that you prepare the soil. Preparing the soil doesn’t always mean that you just get topsoil delivered and spread it all over.

Instead, if you prepare the soil in the right manner, there might not even be a need to order more topsoil. The grass seed is going to sprout and grow on its own.

So, the first and most important thing that you have to do is find out the pH value of the soil. For grass to grow, the soil needs to be at a certain pH level.

You can either perform this test on your own, or you can hire a professional gardener to visit your house and do the test. The test can easily be purchased at any local gardening or hardware store.

If the soil is too acidic or alkaline, specific compounds can be added to balance the soil. This treatment is critical and must be added before you decide to plant the seeds.

Loosening the Soil

Raking Soil

Once you are done with the pH treatment, the next step is to aerate the soil and loosen it. Heavily compacted soil is going to prevent oxygen from passing through and letting the “roots” breathe. Aeration is essential because the grass will need space for the roots to take hold and grow.

Aeration also activates the nutrients found in the soil and makes it much easier for the seeds to absorb the water and the nutrients in the soil when it is putting down the roots.

Keep in mind that a considerable amount of nutrients are needed during the growing phase, so it might be a wise idea to add some fertilizer.

Seeding

Using a Grass Seed Spreader

Finally, once the soil is prepared, you can start the seeding process. It is generally recommended that you use a diverse mixture of seeds as it is going to allow the lawn to grow in several different seasons. Not only that, but it is also going to give you a darker and greener lawn.

There are seed spreaders available in the market that you can use as well. Grass seeders or spreaders as they are commonly known are available both as hand-powered machines or motor-powered that come with a push bar. It depends on you whichever one you want to choose, because both of them are going to help you do the trick.

Because the soil has been aerated properly before, the seeds are going to fall into place and rest just below the soil. The best thing about using grass seeds is that they do not require a whole lot of coverage. The seeds can easily do well in just one-fourth of the coverage in the soil.

Once they have been planted, all you have to do is water them on a regular basis. As long as you do that, you will notice the seeds sprouting within a few days only. Before you know it, the lawn will be covered with grass.

You might want to set up a garden path so that people do not trample the freshly sown grass, as that is just going to kill the lawn grass very quickly.

This might seem easy, but there are several steps involved and you will have to pay consistent attention to your lawn as well throughout the growing season.

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