Summer Lawn Care

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- With summer time here, many homeowners are busy with those little and sometimes big chores that involve disturbing the soil. Sometimes its leveling out the lawn, it could be building a new home with bare ground around it alter dozing or it could be taking out trees and shrubs where a lawn will be later developed.

In all the situations mentioned and where a lawn will be developed, the biggest problem in creating a new lawn is considering the aspects of timing, especially where it pertains to planting grass and soil nutrients.

Since we are in the middle of the summer season, this isn't the time to even consider planting grass. I'll say it again, this isn't the time to plant grass. However, it is time to get ready to plant grass around the first week of September, but the soil will need to be ready to accept the grass seed.

This is where mid summer time comes in. First, make sure your lawn is sweet enough or in other wards has enough lime. If it hasn't been limed, the recommendation is about 125 pounds of pellet lime per 1000 square applied now.

Then there comes the situation where just clay remains where your soil was disturbed. Adding organic matter in the form of compost, mulch or animal manure and worked into the clay soil with the lime will get you ready for fall grass seeding.

For bare soil, you will also need about one bale of clean straw per 1000 square feet and is used to keep the soil moisture in and the seeds in place. Don't forget to keep the soil moist with needed irrigation if rain fall is low.

Again, you can think about seeding grass in your bare areas in your lawn but the first thing to remember is get the soil ready now and plant in the late summer.


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