What Type Of Grass And When Do I Plant From Seed - Knowledgebase Question

Antioch, CA
Question by cward29
October 1, 2001
what is the best type of grass and prep process to seed in my area. Zone 14, Brentwood, Ca How do I protect seed from birds. How deep is the top soil recommended to be. The existing ground was wild with natural weeds, Any worries.

Chris Ward


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Answer from NGA
October 1, 2001

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or early December). Along with that, lawns might need aeration if they're subject to heavy foot traffic which will compact the soil. Finally, thatching is important every few years. Dig a small square of turf and look at the blades, stems, stolons and roots. If you find more than 1/2"-3/4" of thatch built up over the soil surface, de-thatch your lawn. Then rake out the old stolons and other dead matter, reseed the bare spots and water well. New grass will appear in 7-14 days. While it's a lot of work to keep a lawn lush and thick, the rewards are great. And, a thick lawn will crowd out any weed seeds that try to germinate.

Finally, the best way to discourage birds from gobbling up newly sown grass seed is to cover the seed with a thin layer of peat moss. This will protect the seed from birds and will help the seedbed retain moisture through the germination process.

Good luck with your new lawn!

or early December). Along with that, lawns might need aeration if they're subject to heavy foot traffic which will compact the soil. Finally, thatching is important every few years. Dig a small square of turf and look at the blades, stems, stolons and roots. If you find more than 1/2"-3/4" of thatch built up over the soil surface, de-thatch your lawn. Then rake out the old stolons and other dead matter, reseed the bare spots and water well. New grass will appear in 7-14 days. While it's a lot of work to keep a lawn lush and thick, the rewards are great. And, a thick lawn will crowd out any weed seeds that try to germinate.

Finally, the best way to discourage birds from gobbling up newly sown grass seed is to cover the seed with a thin layer of peat moss. This will protect the seed from birds and will help the seedbed retain moisture through the germination process.

Good luck with your new lawn!

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