2 Methods To Grow Grass In Your Yard When Sod Is Not An Option

Posted on: 2 May 2017

There is nothing more beautiful and cooling on a hot summer afternoon than a full yard of green grass. Having a lawn in your yard provides a place for your family and pets to play and also produces oxygen for you to breathe. Although you may not have the budget for an instant lawn of sod, you can still grow your own over a period of time. Here is some information about two ways to grow your own grass seed.

Hydroseeding

If you want to hire out the grass seed installation work, a hydroseeding company like K4 Environmental LLC can help you with this. Hydroseeding costs less than a traditional sod installation, and you don't have to do any of the installation yourself. Most companies will insure their work, so if the seed does not take or is washed away during germination, they can reapply the hydroseeding mixture for you. Check with several hydroseeding companies to find out their process and policies.

The hydroseed mixture is usually a combination of grass seed, water, fertilizer, and other nutrients to help the hydroseed mixture stick to the soil. The grass seed mixture is also colored a green tint so that when the hydroseeding technician sprays the mixture over the soil, it is easy to see where it has been applied. Then, over the next few days and weeks, you can watch the seed mixture coating over your soil for any signs of it being washed away. 

It is usually a good idea to install a lawn using hydroseeding when you have an automatic sprinkler system so you can water it daily for the first several weeks. It is important that the lawn mixture be kept moist so the seeds can germinate and take root into your yard's soil.

Hand Application

You can seed your own lawn with your choice of bagged grass seed and peat moss. This option is less expensive than a hydroseeding, but will require more work and monitoring by you during the growing process. 

Before you apply the grass seed, it is important to thoroughly water the soil where you plan to plant your grass seeds so that the water soaks several inches into the soil. Then, when the top of the soil begins to dry out, you can sprinkle the seeds over your lawn. Use a fertilizer sprinkler, or sprinkle it by handfulls as evenly as possible.

Next, apply a layer of peat moss over the soil and the sprinkled seeds. The peat moss provides a layer of protection to keep the seeds in place during germination. Just as with hydroseeding, it is important to water your seeds and keep them and the soil wet until the seeds have germinated and their roots become established. Water your grass seeds daily and any time you discover the top of the soil and peat moss has become dry. 

Use these tips to help you grow a lawn.

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