Grass & Wildflower Seed
Choosing A Blend
Most of our seeds are as close to Native as we can get, However, that does not mean these plants will not require consistent water, especially during establishment. Meadows filled with wildflowers and native grasses are extremely drought tolerant with minimal maintenance required, but it is not comfortable to lounge upon. Other blends can create the perfect soccer field feel that are durable to traffic yet require more maintenance. See our handouts below to learn about How to Seed and the Seed Blends we carry to see what may be perfect for you in the long haul!
- Watering is one of the most important factors in the long-term success of a lawn. Different grass varieties require different amounts of water and each lawn is different. Shady lawns and areas protected from the wind will require less watering.
- Infrequent, deep watering is better than frequent, light watering. However, lawns should not be allowed to become completely dry between waterings. Be careful not to apply water too quickly or heavily as this will cause runoff and damage. It is best to move sprinklers or wait an hour or so and water again.
- The best time to water is late evening or early morning to prevent evaporation.
- Mowing is important to encourage a thick lawn and grass clippings should be allowed to fall back onto the lawn to provide a light mulch and organic matter.
- Nitrogen is the most important nutrient for good color and growth. too much nitrogen can be detrimental and instructions on the product should be closely followed.
- Late summer and fall is the best time to fertilize as opposed to the usual spring fertilizing to prevent excessive shoot growth that can ultimately be damaging to the plant. A late summer nitrogen application has time to be absorbed to help plants resume healthy growth the following spring.
- A fertilizer with iron is beneficial for maintaining a green lawn
Things To Avoid
- Do not scatter grass seed on unprepared lawn surfaces as this is one of the chief reasons for seedling failure. Do not use pre-emergent herbicides at any time around planting; wait at least one year before using a pre-emergent.
- Over-fertilizing will not result in a better or faster-growing law.
- Do not fertilize on a hot day to prevent leaf burn especially if you are using a quick-release variety. Water lawn immediately after fertilizing.
- Do not let grass become too tall as this will slow down the spreading and thickening process.
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