For new homeowners, preparing a lawn can be cumbersome. However, this doesn’t always have to be the case. By taking the right procedures, you don’t have to be envious of the greener grass in your neighbor’s lawn. With proper care, you will save money by planting new grass in the long run. Here, you’ll know how to grow grass quickly.
Conduct a Soil Test
Before you even attempt to plant new grass on your lawn, you must first identify pH level of your soil. This will help you identify which types of grass will work best for your property. Likewise, this will determine whether you need to increase or reduce the soil pH level.
If you have a soil test kit, you can identify the soil pH level on your own. First, you should get a soil sample. Simply dig the probe into a dry layer of soil at least four inches deep. Instead of digging in a single area, you should get the sample from different areas. It might be possible that the soil pH level in one area isn’t an accurate representation for the whole lawn.
Remember not to do this with your bare hands since soil contamination might occur. Instead, you should wear garden gloves. Once you have a good clump of soil in your hands, you should break them down and remove any stones and other debris.
Next, you must fill the pH tube (included in the kit) with distilled water and the soil sample. The amount needed is indicated in the instruction manual of your kit. Likewise, there should be chart or scale to help you understand the results. Afterward, the respective tubes for nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium should be mixed with the recommended amount of distilled water and soil.
Check the scale and see if you need to modify the pH level of your soil. The soil pH level should be between 6.0 and 7.5. Otherwise, you can opt to lower the soil pH through the application of ammonium sulfate. For increasing the soil pH, you can use garden lime.
Clean the Area
Now that you have adjusted the soil pH level on your lawn, you must now ensure that it is good for planting. First, any twigs, rocks, and other debris should be removed in areas where you’d like to grow the grass. To clean more efficiently, you can use a rake. A metal rake should help you get rid of dead grass and weeds. Likewise, raking can reduce soil compaction in at least the first inch or two of your soil. In addition to collect leaves, a sweeper will help you save a lot of time and keep your lawn clean. You can read our post about how to pick up grass clippings.
Add Compost and Fertilizer
The soil must be healthy enough to encourage fast grass growth. Thus, you should apply both compost and fertilizer on your lawn. Composting is an easy way to have a natural source of fertilizer. What’s great about composting is that it also serves as a pesticide and a source of humus.
First, you must get a shovel and dig a trench that is at least 12 inches deep. Next, gather all the kitchen scraps and leaves and put them in the compost pit. Apart from these, you could add ash except for coal ash since this contains a significant amount of sulfur and iron.
Also, food scraps such as fish fats and meat are not recommended since they can cause your compost pit to overheat and develop a bad odor. After some time, you can apply the compost into your soil and use a rake for a more even application. Apart from the compost, you must still get a 5-10-5 starter fertilizer. This is specifically made to help grass seedlings grow quicker and to establish their roots faster into the soil.
Here is a video talking about the use of a starter fertilizer:
Plant the Seeds and Irrigate Properly
If you are going to plant a bald section in your lawn, you can opt to plant the same grass seed that covers most of your lawn. Still, you can choose grasses such as tall fescue and bermudagrass since they have sufficient tolerance to heat and drought. Furthermore, they possess poor to superior traffic tolerance.
For planting in small areas, you can spread the grass seed by hand. If you want an even coverage, especially for big lawns, you can use a lawn spreader. When you’re done planting the seeds, you can still use the lawn spreader for an even application of fertilizer.
Lastly, it’s important that you apply the right amount of water. Overwatering could easily displace the grass seeds. Instead, you should just lightly mist the area at least four times a day. Once the grass seedlings have appeared, you can lessen the frequency and increase the amount. When the new grass is at least three inches tall, it can be irrigated and mowed like the older grass in your lawn.
Overall, what matters in growing new grass is to ensure quality soil and to irrigate properly. From composting to the application of a starter fertilizer, it doesn’t cost a lot to encourage rapid grass growth. If you have any queries, do give us a comment.