Although fall is the best time of year for planting grass seeds, early spring is the second best! If you’re like many New Englanders, you’re probably looking forward to getting back outdoors. However, having a vibrant green lawn may require a little TLC. With landscaping in Weston and surrounding town gearing up for spring cleanup, our team is taking a look at how to plant new grass during the spring months.
Choosing the right temperature
As we already mentioned, fall is the best time of year to plant grass seed. However, spring is a second close. The trick to springtime planting lies in monitoring the temperature outdoors. Ideally, daytime temperatures should be in the 60 degree range before planting. This will ensure the soil temperatures have also warmed allowing see germination to occur. However, the spring rain is also a significant beneficial feature of planting this time of year. The combination of these two elements helps ensure that your seeds won’t dry out.
Basic clean up
A fundamental task for spring cleanup starts with the rake. Winter often leaves behind matted grass that’s full of salt. Raking is the best way to remove any dead blades and harmful chemicals; both elements that can limit new growth.
Preparing your soil
Beyond soil temperature, there are other elements that effect the success of your growing season. Soil testing is the perfect solution to uncovering the exact condition of your yard and what it may require. Below are items to ensure optimal soil conditions:
- Proper pH levels are critical to a lush, healthy lawn. While your yard depends on the region in which you live, most grass does well with a pH between 6 and 7.5.
- Overly high pH levels is referred to alkaline soil. However, this more common out West. In Massachusetts, you’re more likely to find that you soil contains low levels of pH. In this case, your soil may be acidic.
- Lime applications are an excellent way to correct your soil. Lime helps to increase pH, making your soil less acidic and more alkaline.
Once all of the above steps are taken, it’s time to start seeding. If you’re not sure which seed is best for your yard, contacting your trusted landscaper or local hardware store can steer you in the right direction. However, one thing to keep in mind is that regardless of the suggested protect, choosing a high-quality grass seed will provide you with the results you’re hoping for.
When you are trying to improve your lawn you’ll want to make sure you have the correct fertilizer. Not all fertilizers are created equal. Try not to get bogged down in the quality of the fertilizer—instead you will want to make sure that the fertilizer matches your landscaping requirements and needs.
For all of your Weston landscaping needs, contact our team at Cataldo. With decades of experience, we have the knowledge and equipment to bring your yard back to life! Call today at 781-304-8900 for more information.