Fall grass planting – part 1 of 2

Fall is without question the best time to plant new grass. Throughout this post & the next, we will be providing you with a few simple suggestions to help you restore … or plant a new lawn.

Where do you begin if you plan on doing it yourself? Preparation is the key. I cannot stress how important it is to have a well thought out plan.

1. Figure out the area(s) which need attention. Select a dark, nutrient rich, debris-free topsoil from a reliable soil provider. Let them know the square footage you wish to cover and they will help you with the exact amount you’ll need to do the job.

2.  If you are planting new grass a few inches of soil is adequate. We suggest you apply 3-6 inches of topsoil to allow proper grass plant root growth. Often times this is not possible because it might cause an area of your lawn to be much higher in some areas. However, this amount of soil will help make sure your newly planted area will drain adequately.

3. Select your seed. My philosophy is if you’re going to do it right—use an premium seed that has a stellar reputation. Avoid going the “cheap” route—you’ll thank me later. For Connecticut weather conditions, you’ll want to use “cool season” grasses. So consider using a mixture that is composed mainly of Kentucky Bluegrass. Kentucky Bluegrass is a  slow starting gorgeous seed that thrives primarily in sunny areas. If your yard is a combination of sun and shade areas, I recommend a mixture of Fescue, Rye and Kentucky Bluegrass seeds. But wait—there’s more! If you live an active family lifestyle where the kids and pets are always outside, then there is another type and that’s multi-rye. Multi-rye is a blend of multiple seeds of the rye family and is used in high traffic areas and athletic fields due to it’s ability to withstand both full sun and foot traffic. And remember to make sure you also have on hand an adequate amount of starter fertilizer in combination with your seed order!

Once you have selected the area(s) you will work on and the soil & seed, next up … we’ll take you step-by-step through the restoration process in the next post …

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