How to Plant a Yard and Grass Seed like a Pro – Grow a New Lawn, Overseeding, Yard & Sod Care Tips
Whether you’re seeding a brand new lawn for the very first time or you’re overseeding a thinning out existing lawn, we’re going to give you three rules for success using three very simple tools. It doesn’t even have to be as complicated as this thing.
It all starts with the base. If your subsoil it’s hard like concrete, your new lawn doesn’t stand a chance. Ideally you must loosen up the top four inches, but a lot of people mistake that for thinking they need four inches of black dirt. Nothing could be further from the truth. The perfect man will have 1/3 black dirt, 1/3 sand, and 1/3 compost. Once you get the subsoil ready you can lay down your seed.
Rule number 2: for the best long term results, you have to pick the right seed right out of the gate. If you have a wide open sunny area, use a sunny mixture. But if you’ve got a shady area and you use this grass seed, it will sprout and it will germinate, but it will slowly die off. That’s why you would need a shady mixture. So make sure you pick the right seed for the right area and you’ll get the right results.
All sod is grown in one hundred percent pure sun. Have you ever seen a tree out on sod field? I don’t think so. This means that if you take that sunny sod and put it in a shady area it will continue to grow, but slowly (over the course of a few years) it will fade away. That’s why for the best results you’ll overseed that sod with the shade mixture. As the sod slowly fades away the shade mixture will take its place giving you the best results possible .
Seed density is another area that oftentimes screws people up. A lot of times they think more is better. Nothing could be further from the truth. When you have too much seed in an area it competes against the other seed. This kills everything in the area. What I want you guys the focus on is having a nice even distribution across the entire lawn. Going a little lighter is better than too heavy because you can always do a second application in any areas that you miss.
If you’re overseeding an existing lawn, the best tools I plan to use are either a walk-behind spreader or a handheld broadcast spreader. You’re going to set the application rate and trust that these tools are going to do the job that they’re supposed to. Now if you are going to be installing a new yard for the very first time you can use these tools or you can just use your hands. If I do go to heavy in an area, I can simply rake and distribute that seed into other areas.
Once you’re comfortable with your pattern, you can water and let that seed germinate. You know if you’re overseeding a lawn using a walk behind spreader or a hand-held broadcast spreader, you can use the lightest application rate listed on the bag. If you’re installing a brand new lawn for the very first time, you’re going to use the heaviest application rate listed on the bag. And if you’re just using your hands, you’re just going to use common sense because it’s all about the pattern.
So the three points that you need to remember is prep the subgrade, choose the right seed for a sunny or shaded area and make sure you recognize the pattern is too light or too heavy. If you do those three things, you should have a beautiful green lawn. If this video helped you guys out leave a comment down below or hit the like button. I got to go see if the roof I put on will stand a chance against these two guys.