Natural Garden Tips for September 2006
This Month's Garden Tip from Our Resident Gardener, Joshua Wood
Don't miss out on the perfect time for establishing an immaculate lawn.
For most of the country, September is the best time to establish a new lawn or reseed an existing lawn. Why September? Throughout much of the summer, your lawn has had to deal with high heat, low moisture, and weeds that thrive in summer conditions, like crab grass. What's more, this year much of the country has been hit with a double shot of grubs and Japanese beetles. Early September typically brings much needed rainfall and lower temperatures that lessen the stress on grasses. By seeding now, you're providing plenty of time for your grass to germinate and prepare for winter. That will give your lawn a great head start for next Spring's growing season, strengthening it for the stresses of Summer.
How to apply seed correctly
Whether you're over-seeding or establishing a new lawn, the key is to get good seed/soil contact. Start by mowing your lawn. And, this is one of the few times you'll want to bag the clippings instead of mulching them in place. Generally, grass does best at about 3 1/4", but some warm season grasses may require closer clipping. The key is to never cut off more than 1/3 of the blades. Next, lightly rake the lawn to get up excess thatch and loosen the soil. Spread your grass seed. Now, here's the real trick for getting a gorgeous lawn in the spring ?Speedy GrowTM. Liberally spray on this organic growth accelerator moistening the soil and seed, but being careful not to have the water pool or run-off.
Why I like to use Speedy Grow over ordinary fertilizers is that, giving your seeds a thorough soaking is essential to starting the germination process, and by spraying Speedy Grow it eliminates the hassle of going back over your lawn with a broadcast spreader and then watering.
Water the key to success
Frequent light watering is the key to good grass germination. You want to water at least 3 times a day, wetting the seeds and the soil, but not soaking the area. It is much better to deliver 1/8" of water 4 times a day than 1/2" all at once. As the grass germinates, and grows to 3" you can taper-off the watering to 3 times a week. I also like to apply another application of Speedy Grow once a week. While not necessary, the results are amazing, and make my lawn the talk of the town.
The other benefit is that Speedy Grow doesn't work like a fertilizer, instead, the kelp it contains tells the plants that they need to produce more root growth. The plants respond, significantly increasing root mass, which reduces water needs and increases drought tolerance. After the roots are well established, the plants then push out spectacular top growth.
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