How To Seed Your New Lawn
Take a one inch plastic PVC and drive it into the ground 7 inches deep.
Most soil in Kern County has either clay, hardpan, or sandy loam and contains very little organic material. Tilling in organic matter adds great micronutrients to the soil, benefiting it for up to a decade. After receiving the results of your soil sample, add all amendments necessary.
To get an even spread, we suggest using a hand held spreader, do not spread it by hand (unless you are spot seeding).
When planting a lawn we suggest using 7-20-20 fertilizer when planting a new lawn. This fertilizer encourages root growth and over-all health for your lawn and other plants.
If this is a bare dirt area use the back side of a leaf rake and go over the area. This mixes the seed and the soil together. When mixing the soil and seed, make sure that the seed does not go deeper than 1/8th of an inch into the soil. The entire area should be packed with a water roller. If seed is just on top of the soil it has a very high mortality rate. If you are planting over a dead lawn, use a spiker aerator to push the seed down through any grass so that it is touching the soil.
Step 6: Top with compost
Adding compost as a topper is beneficial as it helps with temperature fluctuations and adds some micronutrients. Most importantly, toppers help keep the seed moist. Our Firmulch is the best product as a topper. This step is optional if you feel that you can keep the soil moist.
Run your sprinklers several times a day. Some general times are 7am, 10am, 1pm, and 4pm. Each watering should be light (only a couple minutes each), so that puddles do not form, however; the seed must stay moist. If the days are warm, there is a light breeze or any other factor that may contribute to seed drying. In these cases remember this general rule of thumb, "Water enough to keep the seed moist all day without puddles forming."
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