Starting a lawnBefore sowing
Starting a lawn from seed is not complicated, but you have to know a few simple rules and, most importantly, put in some work. Whether you are sowing a new lawn or re-establishing an old lawn, you should start by preparing the area.
The procedure is similar both for small home garden lawns and larger lawns, e.g., in parks or other recreational areas. For large areas, you should consider using professional equipment and a larger group of workers. If you are setting up a lawn in your home garden, all you need is a spade, rake and some enthusiasm for the work you are about to perform.
A good time for starting a lawn from seed is the middle of September. The soil in that period is wet and still warm after the summer scorch.
Preparing the area for lawn sowing
Make sure to carefully clean the area for your future lawn. Remove all stones, roots of shrubs and trees and other items buried in the soil. The challenging but necessary part is the removal of multi-annual weeds. Make sure to also remove their roots.
You should loosen the soil under the future lawn down to a depth of 15–30 cm. After removing the unwanted objects and loosening the soil, carefully level out the area, enriching the soil if necessary. In particularly damp areas, it will be necessary to mix the topsoil with sand. If the area is infertile, consider spreading a mixture of compost, peat and fertile soil.
The area will now theoretically be ready for sowing. However, you might want to wait with starting a lawn until the emergence of the weeds that have certainly spread when you removed them mechanically from the ground. You can also use suitable weed-killers.
Only now should start lawn sowing.
What grass to pick for your lawn?
You are certainly wondering what type of grass to sow for your lawn. There are many different grass seed mixtures for different purposes. When picking the right mixture, the most important thing to consider is the function of your lawn.
If it will be walked on frequently or used by the children as a playing area, you should select seeds of strong, wear-resistant grass types. If the lawn is supposed to be an ornament for a garden or park, you can select the ornamental variety.
The choice of the grass type should depend on conditions such as sun exposure or soil properties.
The grass should be sown on a cloudy day, when the soil is moist. Cover the area evenly with 35–50 grams of seeds per square metre.
If you follow these instructions, your lawn will certainly meet your expectations.
Lawn after winter
You should not leave your lawn exposed to the weather conditions after winter. If you want to feast your eyes on a beautiful green lawn, you only have to follow a few simple procedures.
Firstly, comb through the lawn with a rake to remove blades of old grass. It is a good idea to use so-called soil aeration. The easiest way to do this is by puncturing the ground down to a depth of approx. 10 cm with a fork at uniform intervals. If snow remained for a long time in certain areas of the law, loosen the soil and sow new grass.
Start regular mowing, at intervals of 7–10 days around the turn of April and May. Also remember to water your lawn to prevent the grass from drying out.