Tips for Seeding Your Lawn in the Spring

While it's true that seeding in the fall is often the best time, spring seeding can certainly be done effectively.  A good Burlington inground irrigation system is essential to this.  Read on to find out how to beautify your yard with good seeding this year.

Prepare Your Lawn
Whether you're overseeding or seeding the entire lawn, you'll want to make sure the soil is ready for growth.  The first thing that you need to do is to rake the seedbed.  Pick out debris and make sure to fill in depressions in the soil that could hold excessive water from your inground irrigation. 

Next, apply fertilizer to your lawn before raking it again.  You should fertilize about three times a year.

Watering the Seeds
You don't want to drown out your seeds, but you also want to make sure they have enough water to grow full deep roots. 

When you begin watering them, run the sprinklers just enough so that about 2.5 cm of topsoil is moist.  Continue this until the seedlings are well established in the soil.  The first thing you need to remember is that you shouldn't create puddles in the lawn as this can be almost as bad as under watering. 

You can talk to a specialist from Nutri-Lawn for more information on automatic sprinkler systems for your inground irrigation. 

Watch Mowing Lengths
Of course, all of this hard work by your inground irrigation system will be wasted if your grass isn't cut properly. 

Don't let your grass become bruised by using dull lawn mower blades.  Keep them sharp, and keep them at the appropriate height.  You may cut your lawn to 4 to 5 once it has hit 6 to 8 cm in length. 

You should keep the grass at that length to avoid having too long of cuttings.  Leave the cuttings in the grass.  These are mainly water, and will provide nutrients for the grass once decomposed. 

Watch for Overwatering
If you're finding bare patches in your lawn from winter, the rules above will still apply to overseeding.  These may have been caused by lawn diseases, so it is also important to remember to take care of diseases as soon as they occur, and take the measures to avoid them.  A proper inground irrigation system will ensure that you avoid overwatering your lawn, particularly in shady areas of your lawn.  Overwatering, or a build up of water without proper drainage, can lead to dangerous lawn diseases that will do a number to the health of your lawn. 

Sturdy Grass Types to Consider
If you're looking for sturdy grasses that can withstand heavy traffic, try tall fescue or Kentucky bluegrass.  Tall fescue is low maintenance, and doesn't require frequent mowing if you have a busy schedule.  To save on water, this is an especially good seed to try as it can survive on minimal irrigation.   Bluegrass is another stout grass that can grow in almost any soil.  The shallow root systems, however, will require frequent deep watering in the midst of a hot summer.  Its prime time for growth is the spring and fall when it's cooler.

Don't wait any longer.  Help the health of your yard by seeding while the spring is still mild.  A good inground irrigation system can make all the difference.  Contact Nutri-Lawn Burlington for your complimentary quote.