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Lawn Care Tip: Fall is The Time To Apply Grass Seed

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The first day of school is just around the corner and everyone is back from summer vacation, it is time to think about fall lawn care. In our neck of the woods, the absolute best time of the year to apply grass seed is Fall. We recommend the fall for 3 reasons.

  1. The temperature of the soil is still warm enough for germination.
  2. The temperature of the air has cooled down and lowered the need for watering.
  3. You will avoid weed seed germination in the open areas of your lawn as you prepare your beds. Weed seed germination is a bigger problem in late spring and summer.

To ensure a healthy and successful germination, the experts at The Barn Nursery recommend you follow these 5 easy steps to apply grass seed.

  1. Choose the right blend of seed for the area. At The Barn Nursery, we carry three custom blends of grass seed. Stop by our garden center in Crystal Lake to choose the right grass seed for your project.
  • Premium Sun: Our Premium Sun blend is the perfect mix for a typical sunny back yard. Made up of premium seed blended with Kentucky Bluegrasses and Ryegrasses, this seed will germinate into a solid, lush, green lawn.
  • Rough N' Tough: Rough N Tough is designed for high traffic areas, lawns that border areas where salt damage can occur and other hard to grow spots, such as playgrounds or homes with dogs. Our Rough N Tough is a blend of premium Ryegrass and Bluegrass seeds, but includes a higher percentage of Blue Angel Kentucky Bluegrass, which can withstand harsher conditions.
  • Ultra Shade: Ultra Shade is designed to germinate and thrive in even the shadiest spots. Using a blend of fescue seeds, this blend is designed for shade.

2. Prepare the Beds. It is important that your beds are ready to accept the seed and allow it to germinate. Start by removing all debris from the area. Once bare soil is exposed, it needs to be turned over a bit. The first 2-3 inches of top soil should be loose and clumpy. There is no need to over work the soil, however. It does not need to be finely rotatilled but we do recommend rolling the soil firm and smooth after tilling. Make sure the area is level so that water does not run off or pool in areas.

3. Spread the Seed. For small areas, sprinkle seed by hand. For larger areas, buy or rent a spreader. Be sure to check the setting of the spreader to make sure you lay the correct amount. Lightly rake the seed into the top 1/2" of the soil after spreading.

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4. Cover the Seed. Cover the seed with either 1/2" of peat moss or use ENCAP Fast Acting Lawn Starter Mulch. This great product "sticks" to the grass seed and works with the soil to help with germination. For larger areas, use a netless blanket to cover the seed.

5. Water Newly Seeded Areas. It is critical to keep grass seed watered and moist. Keep the beds moist by watering daily until the grass has germinated and is 2" tall. Apply a fertilizer once the grass is grown in such as a high phosphorous fertilizer like 10-10-10 or 9-18-9.

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