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Lawn Planting

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Lawns are very practical, they
eliminate dust and mud, while
they add beauty to a yard.

Assess the yard for placement
of lawn, shrubs, and walkways.
Consider the amount of
maintenance required for

Groundcover plants, such as
low shrubs reduce maintenance

Stone or crushed brick
walkways reduce the area of
lawns, add beauty and
balance to the look of
the land.

The smaller the area of the
lawn, the less water,
fertilizer and cutting time
is required.

Planting a Lawn

Plant seed that will produce
a healthy green lawn that
resists disease. Use natural
methods where possible so
there is no danger to the
environment. Use a mixture
of different seeds, to produce
a strong lawn.

Separate variety of grass
produce different growing
characteristics that add
to the strength of the lawn.

Start by grading and working
over the soil.

Remove all the large rocks
and pieces of wood.
Rotting wood can promote

Contour the slope and lay of
the land for easy mowing
and promote water to drain
away from the house.

The ideal lawn slope is 1
foot per 50 Feet of lawn.

Work organic matter such
as bone meal into the soil,
and mix in sand and black
soil. Work this in to 15 cm
in depth.

Rake, use a 30 to 48 inch
wide rake to get it perfectly

Roll the soil to level it and
remove humps.

A medium texture soil for
lawns is comprised of
different sizes of clay
particles, silt or sand.

Try this test.

The dirt should tend to
crumble when pressed into
a ball, even while it is moist.

The largest soil particles
should be sand.

A medium textured soil will
allow water to pass
through it quickly.

The proper PH balance is
between 6 and 7.

Keep in mind, most lawn
grass types require 6
hours of direct sun.

Full shade grass types
require at least 2 hours of
full Sun.

Lawn seeding

The prep work is identical to
sodding, but you have a greater
choice with the seeds.

Planting time is not as flexible
as with sod but the cost is
way lower.

If you seed by hand, try for
a consistent pattern. Sow the
seeds by first walking in
one direction, then cross
at ninety degrees and sow
the seeds to obtain a
uniform coverage.

For even coverage, use a
mechanical spreader for
fertilizers and seeding.

Work in a criss-cross pattern.
Set the spreader at half
the recommended
application rate.

1-2.5 kg
of seed will
produce coverage of 100 m2.

Use a roller to press the seeds
into the soil.

Lightly cover with a light peat
moss to help retain moisture
in the soil.

You can keep birds away by
hanging aluminum plates, on
a string, in trees.
The swinging plates reflect
bright sunshine light in all

Water the soil once or twice
each day. It will take three
to five weeks to have a well
established lawn.

Most communities grant
watering rights, even when
water restrictions are
in place.

Do not walk on the wet soil
until the grass is 7 cm tall.

Watering twice daily for up
to four weeks is critical to
seeding success.

Sodding a Lawn

Start with a 3 in one lawn soil,
made up of fertilizer, peat
moss and compost.

This lawn base is critical to
establishing a healthy, green

There is more installation labor
with sod, but there is a lower
failure-rate with sod.
Sodding a lawn cost more than
seeding a lawn, but the results
are quicker.

Sodding is a good choice,
especially if the soil has weeds.
The sod will smother the weeds.

Another good choice for sod
is on sloped areas, to prevent

To sod an area, first flatten
the soil, remove large rocks
and pieces of wood.
Lower the soil next to
sidewalks about 2 to 2.5 cm.
Lay the sod out and trim to
fit with a knife or small
Soak each side to the sod and
sprinkle the area in which it
is to be laid.
Roll the sod out to obtain
a good union between the
roots and soil.
Start in the middle of the lawn
when laying sod.
Run a straight line with a string
to guide your row.
Stagger the second row so
the joints do not line up,
with the first.
Push your drum roller on
the first pass, and then pull
it perpendicular direction on
the second pass.

Water the sod once or twice
a day.
Cut the grass when it reaches
a height of 7 cm.
Plan on 2 to three weeks of
constant daily watering to
get it established.


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