When planting grass seed it is not enough to properly prepare the soil, fertilize, choose a premium site specific grass seed, cover large seedbed areas to protect/retain moisture and routinely water. In addition to each of the critical steps mentioned above, grass seed must be planted when soil temperatures are expected to reach/remain at 50 degrees or above to successfully germinate.
Ideally, grass seed should be planted in late summer/early fall (late August thru September) for best results. Late summer/early fall is a great time of the year for planting grass seed (non-shade areas in particular) due to cooler air temperatures, lawns are coming out of dormancy, soil temperatures remain warm and there is very little chance of frost or prolonged freezing temperatures. In addition, rainfall becomes more routine and we experience less weed seed proliferation/competition for open exposed soil areas at this time.
Spring grass seed planting (late March through mid-May) is great for shade tree covered lawn areas (below large and dense deciduous trees in particular). It is only at this time of the year that you can really enhance the seed germination/root development process by taking advantage of additional sun exposure that happens to make it’s way through the early spring leafless tree canopies above.
Regardless of the season you decide to plant grass seed, you will need at least 4 hours of sunlight per day, soil temperature of at least 50 degrees and routine irrigation to successfully grow turfgrass from seed.
Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. for all of your grass seed planting and lawn care related needs. Thank you for visiting and have a great day!
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As winter ends and spring finally starts, many property owners will have their lawn’s core aerated. Core aeration is the mechanical process of repeatedly penetrating the lawn/soil with a machine that removes a great many soil cores (1/2″ diameter x 2″-4″ deep) to further improve air, water and nutrient flow to the lawn’s root system. Core aeration is great for relieving soil compaction and improving grass seed germination rates (when overseeding – pre or post aeration). Even though core aeration is quite beneficial for your lawn’s health, the mechanical process itself can be very detrimental to any/all shallow (< 6″) unmarked underground utilities that are not avoided.
Here are a few of the most common underground “non-exposed” utilities that must be marked, flagged and/or mapped before core aerating your lawn.
- Sprinkler heads that have been overgrown by grass
- Shallow buried internet/tv cable lines
- Shallow buried “invisible” pet fencing systems
- Shallow buried electrical power lines (non-conduit encased in particular) feeding post lights, pond pumps, etc.
- Shallow buried landscape drainage or downspout extension lines
- Grass covered landscape drain outlets, grates, pop-up emitters, etc.
- Lawn covered access covers for underground flood control systems
- Shallow buried low voltage wiring (landscape lighting, holiday decorations, irrigation system sensors, etc.)
Please remember, if the operator controlling the core aerator cannot see an obstacle across the lawn or has not been informed of it’s shallow underground existence, there is a very good chance that the steel tines below the core aerator will contact, break or severe the hidden buried object.
Please be sure to contact Pacocha landscaping Services, Inc. to learn more about the process of core aerification and it’s many benefits. Thank you for your interest!
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