Lawn Problems

Asked June 22, 2018, 10:45 PM EDT

Hello
I want to thank John Harville for answering my first post from 6-19-18,Now that I have the answer I'll move forward to the next series of questions.

How do I completely install a whole new backyard lawn with grass seed,I know I have to till the whole area,Once this process is complete,What are my next steps,I have attached pictures,Please explain in detail how to achieve a healthy beautiful lawn.
Thank you
Sean

Oakland County Michigan lawns and turf

1 Response

Hello,

Thank you for the feedback, I will forward it to John.

MSU does a lot of research on turfgrass and has a good site for homeowners, containing many detailed articles on starting new or renovating existing lawns.

http://msue.anr.msu.edu/resources/establishing_a_new_lawn_using_seed_e2910

www.turf.msu.edu

The best time to do this is late summer when the possibility of hot dry days is less likely- usually the end of August. Doing this in summer requires lots more watering and more of your time.

Here is an outline of steps-


- assess the area for sun exposure, consider shady lawn alternatives for areas that receive less than 6 hours sun per day- http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/shady_lawn_alternatives

-test the soil- www.msusoiltest.com

-acquire materials, including fresh seed- http://msue.anr.msu.edu/uploads/files/e0014turf.pdf

-prep soil bed- killing weeds and undesirable grasses; then amend soil according to soil test results( this includes starter fertilizer application) As always, please read the label, following all precautions and directions when using herbicides and chemicals.

-apply seed and lightly top with straw or other material to reduce loss to birds

  • water keeping moist until seed germinates(7-21 days)
  • Allow grass to reach 3-4 inches high before mowing.
  • Continue to keep soil moist by supplementing rain until ground freezes in November.
  • Practice good care by mowing high- 3-4 inch grass leaf length = longer roots; water early in day so grass dries before evening; follow soil test results for your fertilization schedule after lawn is established. Apply weed control according to above link on seeding a new lawn.

Here are some additional links for you-

Seed germination days- http://ipm.ucanr.edu/TOOLS/TURF/ESTABLISH/germin.html

‘Smart’ Watering- http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/smart_watering_for_lawns_dont_let_the_lawn_squeeze_you_dry

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