The Q&A Archives: Lawn Care

Question: We are new at the whole landscaping thing and get different answers from different people. After we put the lime down on the soil what are the next steps?

Answer: Lime is a soil conditioner. After spreading lime, till it into the soil. Then rake the soil to begin to level it out, removing any rocks and debris that you find. To avoid problems with excess water-runoff, make sure that any site grading you do allows water to flow away from your house.

Then use a roller. Fill the roller's drum with water, then use the roller to finish leveling the soil. Water the soil lightly.

Seeding is next. You can use a hand held seed broadcaster or a mechanical seed spreader. Following the recommended seeding rate, spread 1/4 of the seed over the entire lawn area. Then repeat times, each time using 1/4 of the seed. However, each of the 4 times you distribute a load of seed, push the spreader in a different direction, to encourage even dispersal.

Rake lightly, so as to cover the seed with a thin layer of soil.

For this step you'll use the roller again. But first you'll empty out the water from the drum, because you want it lighter this time. Now roll the lawn surface.
You're done seeding the lawn, but you're not done working! The seeds must be watered properly, in order to germinate. Use just a fine spray, as you don't want to create a flood! The soil should be kept evenly moist, which may mean several waterings per day (depending on the weather).

After the grass blades sprout, you'll still need to water a couple of times per day.

Best wishes with your new lawn!

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