Considerations Before You Plant Grass

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Plant grass or not to plant grass, that's the question. Honestly, even though we are just about to enter the serious grass planting season, you have to ask yourself whether or not your lawn is actually ready for reseeding.

I've always said that the soil acidity or whether or not you have added lime to your lawn recently is the limiting factor in plant growth. As for reseeding a lawn, there are three very important reasons why a properly limed soil will grow better crops including lawn grass.

Adequately limed soil will allow fertilizer to be absorbed into the plant. Second, when the soil is properly limed, the seed will germinate to its full potential. Finally, is there a need to control pesky weeds, when you are diligent in liming, the herbicide or the chemical that kills weeds will actually do a much much better job.

You probably know where I'm going with my beginning statement of "To plant or not to plant grass". If you haven't limed your lawn for several years and if you did test your soil and found it acidic, I would strongly recommend not planting grass until next spring. Even if you limed now with the recommended amount of lime, it won't become dissolved into the soil to help the plants until about 4-6 months generally. By that time it's too late to plant grass say in November.

Get your soil test taken before you even think about planting grass which is a great time say around the middle of September.

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