Proper watering is critical for optimum results to be seen in all methods of seeding. SeeGreen recommends watering immediately after seeding, then continuing to water lightly on a daily basis, saturating the first inch of the soil without creating puddles or run off. Practice this watering regiment until the seeds germinate- approximately 10 to 14 days later. After germination has occurred you may begin watering less frequently however be sure to allow a deep soaking to promote deeper root growth.
Sound cultural practices
Integrating proper cultural practices such as, mowing, irrigation, fertilization, and pest control practices is important in safeguarding your investment. Some lawn care application will need to be scheduled differently when planning to seed. It is important to contact SeeGreen beforehand- we are waiting to develop a lawn care program specific to your needs.
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Aeration or “coring” is an essential part of maintaining healthy, weed-free turf. It is the process of pushing hollow cylinders into the turf and punching out plugs of soil and grass onto the surface of the lawn. The core that remains on the surface of the lawn will gradually be melted down by rainfall or irrigation. This procedure reduces thatch build-up which causes shallow root development, nutrient imbalances, and an increased risk of disease. Aerating reduces soil compaction to allow water, fertilizers and other nutrients to enter the soil and better reach the root system. Ideal results are seen when paired with a seeding method.
Thatch is a loose intermingled brown layer of organic material made up of dead grass, stems, roots, leaves and other lawn debris that collect at the surface of the soil. A healthy layer of thatch on your lawn, approximately ½ inch thick or less, helps to hold in moisture and prevent drought or heat stress. Excessive thatch build-up, however, can lead to multiple issues in your lawns health. Because thatch can heat up and dry out quickly, root systems are susceptible to dehydration. In contrast, wet thatch holds an excess of water resulting in reduced amounts of oxygen to the soil. Proper cultural practices such as maintaining a lawn care program and appropriate mowing, as well as physical removal of thatch is important. With use of a vertical cutter, SeeGreen can help revitalize your grass and reduce lawn maintenance and repair costs. De-thatching should be performed mid-to late spring or early fall. At this time the turf is actively growing and will recover quickly from injury. De-thatching allows water and nutrients to more easily penetrate the soil and improve the lawn's health and appearance.
When establishing turf from seed, there are two periods when seed can be applied- spring and fall. In Kentucky the best time of the year to seed is in the fall months. Seeding at this time allows cool-season turf grasses to develop adequate root systems without the stress of high temperatures. Seeding during the spring, is possible however, annual weeds can be troublesome and multiple fertilizers at this time tends to promote disease. Also, additional irrigation may be necessary to keep spring-seeded lawns thriving during warm, dry summer months.
Methods of Seeding:
Broadcast Seeding is the process of spreading seed either by hand or through a mechanical spreader. One challenge with this method, broadcasted seed becomes hung up in the existing grass blades and may not reach the soil to germinate. It is recommended that your lawn be aerated prior to this method of seeding to create space for the seed to drop.
Power seeding, also referred to as slit-seeding, is a process where a machine is used to make slits in the soil, ½ inch to 1 inch in depth and simultaneously places seed into those areas. SeeGreen operates in a bi-directional pattern; often practiced when seeding golf courses, rather than the typical practice of single directional seeding. Our added quality ensures that turf grass is full and uniform. Power seeding is preferred by many over broadcast seeding due to the precise planting of seed at the correct depth. This method of seeding maximizes seed/soil contact which increases the percentage of germination over other seeding methods.