Seeding a Lawn on Gravelly Soil

In lawn care, one of the great mysteries is how to grow a lawn from seed. It is not difficult even in situations that are not necessarily ideal.

On Sept 8th, I decided to plant some grass between a couple of bed of garlic that had been planted earlier. The 2 garlic beds have some mesh placed over them to keep the squirrels from digging in the beds.

The soil here is quite gravelly. The second series of photos a few weeks later will show the extent of the gravel
 
The pathways that were to be seeded were quite compacted. So I just took a hoe and made some shallow scratchings in the soil. They were about 3- 4 inches apart. The soil from the hoe also fell onto the hardened pathway as well. This also provided some soil to keep the seed moist.
Then I seeded the pathways with our Seed and Feed product. This contains a good mixture of grass seed that is suitable for sun or shade and also contains a high percentage of organic matter to help the seed stay moist and also provides a bit of nutrition for the germinating seedlings.
 
 

 Now these next 3  photos are taken 15 days after the seed was initially scattered on the ground.
I only watered the seed about 2-3 times. Fortunately, autumn is the best time of year to seed as this is the natural time for grass seed to grow. Grasses most often flower and go to seed in the summer and by the fall the seeds are ready to start to grow. In September, the weather is also ideal. The nights are cooler and we generally get more rain. Any moisture that is applied or falls as rain is less likely to dry up and evaporate with the cooler fall days.

 Here you can see all the gravel that is in the pathway. Not an ideal soil for a lawn.
You can also see the pattern of the scratch marks made by the hoe. The seed of course grew better in the bottom of the scruffings as there is more moisture there.

 

Then I seeded the pathways with our Seed and Feed product. This contains a good mixture of grass seed that is suitable for sun or shade and also contains a high percentage of organic matter to help the seed stay moist and also provides a bit of nutrition for the germinating seedlings.
 
Now here are some photos taken 7 weeks after seeding. It was a frosty morning and the camera may have been a bit fogged up. But you can see how nicely the grass has filled in.

 

 
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Leaves Will Soon Autumn

Autumn is Fall as in falling leaves

The trees are just starting to show some colour. Certainly not at the peak of colour, but just enough to let us know that autumn is around the corner, but we can be prepared

Do not let leaves accumulate on your lawn. If they become matted down, they have the potential to kill the grass. Of course, some leaves are small and do not pose a big a problem as some type of trees like maples and oaks. Or if you have a mower that will mulch the leaves into small pieces, then the leaves can be left on the lawn. As they decompose they will enrich the soil. But they must be small enough to not prevent the lawn from receiving adequate sunlight.

Even if your lawn has slowed down its growing, don't stop mowing yet. Mowing should be continued as long as the grass continues to grow, even if you mow less often. Continue to mow at a 3" mowing height until the last cut. When you think it is the last mowing, lower the blades a step or two. This way the grass blades are less likely to mat together and provide conditions that may allow diseases like snow mold to hurt the lawn.

Fall Leaves lawn care colorful

 

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