How and When to plant a new lawn.
The best way to plant a new lawn To get the best results, you need to plan your new lawn planting well in advance of your sod purchase date. Planting a new lawn can be a lot of work and requires attention to detail. Plant Deals Follow these simple steps to ensure you get the best results from your new lawn: Plan Ahead. There’s no point starting a new landscape after it gets hot and dry in the middle of summer – wait until spring or early autumn when the soil is moist again and there’s enough light for plants to grow into healthy, green turf. Get Your Facts Right. Get as much information as possible about the type of soil where you’re planning to install your new turf and about local microclimates for plant growth. If you don’t know what type of soil you have, check with your local council or gardening store for help before committing to buying expensive supplies just for the novelty value! There are many different varieties of turf that need different conditions in order to thrive – so read up on them all before making a purchase decision! The best grass seed for a new lawn. It's always best to buy your grass seed at the start of summer. Grass seed is usually sold as two different types - one is a starter mix, which has a small amount of rhizome that will grow into new turf and the other one is for establishing new turf. You'll need some of both for a healthy lawn. For an established lawn, look for a starter mix with five or more species in it. For an existing lawn, if you have red or purple spots from crabgrass then you'll need to use the rhizome type rather than the starter mix to kill off these areas. If there's just brown spots from old patches of dead grass, then either type will do the trick! The best time to plant grass seed. The best time to plant grass seed is in late September or early October. This window dates vary depending on the area and the weather conditions, so check with your local council or gardening store for more information. Plan Ahead. You’ll need to give your new lawn plenty of time to establish before you start using it for food and play – plan at least six weeks of total growth before you start fertilising and mowing! Creating an environment that’s completely free of weed seeds and pests will help ensure your turf grows in a healthy, low-maintenance way for years to come. Get Your Facts Right. Planting your grass seed in a flowerbed or other landscaped area will maximize its chances of success. The most successful areas are those that have been previously landscaped with plants that can provide nutrients for the new turf as well as allow sunlight to reach the soil quality and drainage levels. How do I know what type of grass seed I need? The easiest way to determine what type of grass seed you need for your new lawn is to purchase a starter kit. There are kits for all types of plants, but you’ll usually find the best value in kits that contain a handful of different seeds suitable for all types of soils.*** One great thing about starter kit packages is that they often contain extra seeds and supplies not included in the original package, so check them out if you want to buy more than one kit! ** If using starter-kits make sure you have soil from the same region or climate as the seeds in the package.