This is the best time of year to improve your existing turf or start a new stand of turf. (From the second week in August to the 3rd week in October depending on the temperature). With the cool nights, warm days and consistent moisture there is no better time of year to get your grass growing!
A few things to remember when trying to grow grass from seed:
1) Make sure you choose the appropriate seed for the area and what you want the end result to be. You can visit the Virginia Cooperative Extension to learn more about seed http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/426/426-719/426-719.html .
2) Another very important way to get successful germination is to make sure you have good seed to soil contact. You can achieve this by using a machine such as a core aerator, spiker or slit seeder to help break up the soil so the seed either falls into a hole or slit for good contact that will provide moisture, nutrients and the proper environment to root. You can also top dress the area you are seeding with compost to help get the seed going.
3) After the seed gets going it needs proper water and fertilization to continue to grow and thrive.
Follow these 3 simple things and you will get your new turf off to a good start.
If you don’t have the time or proper equipment, you can hire a landscape professional like Sunrise to help you get the job done right! Give us a call with any questions – 703-544-0028.
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