April is National Lawn Care Month, which also happens to be one of the best times to seed cool-season grasses in Maryland. Kentucky 31 tall fescue is a popular choice for lawns in Maryland, but it takes proper preparation and maintenance for K-31 grass seed to thrive. This National Lawn Care Month, utilize these tips to create a lush lawn from soil, seed, and straw.
Start with High-Quality Soil, Grass Seed, and Straw
If you’re creating a new lawn, starting with the right materials is critical. K-31 grass seed is ideal for Maryland properties due to its improved heat tolerance, disease resistance, and low maintenance requirements. Straw mats or straw bales are needed to assist with germination. Straw mats help keep grass seed in place while roots develop, preventing the young grass from washing away. Of course, your lawn is only as good as the soil it’s growing in; K-31 is renowned for its ability to thrive in all kinds of growing conditions, but insufficient nutrients can stop your lawn in its tracks. High-quality soil from Lehnhoff’s Supply can help.
Overseeding and Soil Prep Tips for Patchy Lawns
Some lawns need an extra push to achieve their full potential, which is where overseeding comes into play. Overseeding is a common practice for homeowners and landscaping professionals who are tackling bare spots and patchy lawns. To overseed a lawn, use a core aerator to prepare the soil and give the grass seed maximum soil contact. Next, sow the grass seed and apply a straw mat to prevent erosion. Water the area appropriately and avoid walking on the growing grass seed.
Soil and Lawn Care Basics
Your lawn may not need overseeding at all. Many Maryland homeowners find that a comprehensive lawn care routine is enough to keep their grass looking full and healthy. Fertilizing and aerating grass in the fall and getting soil tests every few years can ensure a nutritious, porous growing medium for your lawn come spring. Keep an eye out for weeds, diseases, pests, and drainage issues — each of these problems can wreak havoc on your lawn. Create a routine for mowing and watering your grass, adjusting your schedule as the seasons change. An effective irrigation system and good mowing habits can go a long way!
Questions? Lehnhoff’s Supply is Here to Help
If you still have more questions about how to best prepare your landscape or garden for spring and summer, the trained professionals at Lehnhoff’s Supply are here to help you.
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