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The answer is Yes, worms are essential for a healthy lawn, they do the hard work helping keep your lawn grass green by pulling fallen leaves and plant debris into the soil adding organic material to the soil which improves the soil structure as well as its fertility.
They also dig and aerate the soil by burrowing through the ground swallowing mineral particles and small amounts of plant material as they go mixing this up inside them and excreting it as casts on the surface. Worm casts are richer, finer and less acidic than the surrounding soil, and contain around 50 per cent more calcium, nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and bacteria.
If worm casts are a problem for you just let them dry out and then brush them in.
Earthworms are in fact the best natural fertiliser your lawn can get.
I've seen people kill worms! Spraying fertiliser and weed killer on the grass and then sending their kids out to roll around on the freshly sprayed lawn less than an hour later.
Meanwhile, the grass roots absorb the artificial stimulates, just like feeding junk food to kids, giving them no need to grow deeper to look for the natural fertiliser the worms and
micro-organisms (which were just killed) would have produced in the lawn. The grass becomes dependent on junk food (chemical fertiliser)
Good growing conditions are important for organic lawns to thrive. A healthy cared for lawn will overcome weeds, be more tolerant to drought and
be able to resist grass diseases.
In early spring a gentle rake of the grass will remove winters leaves and fallen twigs and lift the grass ready for its first cut of the season. Mow grass when it's just over 1/2 in higher than you want it. In spring, autumn or drought 1.25in is about right, in summer 1in. Try not to scalp the grass because this will encourage moss and weeds to seed in the grass.....
In spring and summer leave the clippings on the lawn when you cut the grass, the worms will take them down into the lawn
and they release up to a third of the nutrients lawns need. When the growing season is over remove the clippings from the lawn and add them to the compost heap.
Regularly dig out perennial weeds before they take over. Clover is good for organic and non organic lawns, because it collects nitrogen from the air and releases it into the growing grass. You can sow clover into the lawn during spring.
Keep the lawn fed during the growing season by adding a thin sprinkling of home made compost . This can be swept or raked over the lawn and don't forget to leave the cuttings for the worms to take down into the lawn.
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How to Store Grass Seed in Three Easy Steps and Preserve it for Up to 6-12 Months
If you’ve ever experienced grass seeding your lawn, you’d know that there’s a great chance of having leftover grass seed when the whole area is covered. By then, you would consider saving these leftovers and store it in a way that would somehow increase its shelf life, which is often limited as any other seed. The question then would be “how?
Leftover grass seed is no good when it can no longer germinate. In this article, we will educate you on how to store grass seed and keep it healthy and viable for the next season or when it is needed. Preserving these seeds is great for filling future lawn spots that are thinning. But before we get started on those storage and preservation tips, let us first learn about some of the main factors that contribute to grass seed spoilage to better understand the concept.
Quality of Seed
High-quality seeds should never be mixed with low-quality ones that already show signs of damage, whether it’s from moist conditions or mechanical processes. Otherwise, this could lead to an accelerated decline in quality over a relatively short period of time– we’re looking at a few months at the very least.
You’ll be surprised to know that some packed grass seeds still in transit aren’t stored within ideal conditions, allowing moisture and decay to set in before we’ve even grabbed hold of them. The same is true with some farms and retail stores, so it pays to know where you’re getting your grass seed.
All seeds interact with air and exchange moisture. When the seeds are harvested in dryer conditions, they absorb less moisture as they go through the packaging and storage processes. Moisture increases the likelihood of premature decay and fungal problems, decreasing the seed’s shelf life. Then, there are also damaged seeds. Regardless of the way these seeds are stored, moisture will easily find its way through cracks and vulnerabilities, allowing decay. So naturally, you would have to keep leftover grass seeds away from humid air, rainy weather, and leaky pipes.
AVERAGE GRASS SEED SHELF LIFE
When you learn how to store grass seed the right way, it remains fresh and fully fit to germinate for up to one year after its germination test date. For every additional year of storage, the rate of germination decreases by up to 20%, and even more if the grass seed was poorly stored.
HOW TO STORE GRASS SEED
Storing leftover grass seed doesn’t really take much. One of the most important things to consider on how to store grass seed is the container in which the seeds will be placed. For larger quantities, it is a good idea to use packaging made of a breathable material, such as burlap or cloth sacks. These materials promote a steady flow of air, slimming the chances of rot, molding, and other fungal issues.
For added protection from, you may use a plastic container that is rodent and bug-proof. Follow these three easy steps on how to store grass seed using a plastic container:
Take the plastic container and make sure it is dry and squeaky clean. Make sure the grass seed is as dry and clean. If the bag is already opened, then pour the grass seed into the container and secure it closed with its lid. Otherwise, if the bag is unopened, simply put the bag inside the plastic container and close with its lid.
Attach labels. Mark your plastic container/s of grass seed with important information. This includes the type, brand, seed germination test date, and the current date. You’ll find these data on the bag it originally came in.
Take the plastic containers in a dark, dry and cool place, typically a basement with ideal storage conditions.
As an added step, it is best to check these containers for any form of damage from time to time. If the presence of moisture is unavoidable, you can always use desiccants or baking soda to keep the grass seed dry.
HOW TO TEST FOR GERMINATION
Before planting the seed that’s been stored, a germination test should be performed. Not sure how this is done? We got you covered.
Sprinkle a teaspoon of grass seed on a moist paper towel.
Secure the paper towel inside a ziplock container and place in a bright and warm part of the house. You would know if the seed is still viable if most of the scattered seeds sprout in seven days.
ADDITIONAL TIPS ON HOW TO STORE GRASS SEED THE RIGHT WAY
A steady air flow is essential in keeping the grass seed fresh. If you really want to encourage optimum grass seed longevity, you can build air vents with a protective mesh-like material to filter unwanted moisture and buildup. This is also effective in keeping pests and rodents from passing through and ultimately contaminating the grass seed.
If you have several grass seed-filled bags or plastic containers, it is best to provide enough breathing space in between them. Bear in mind that compacted objects can generate heat and contribute to humidity, which is the number one cause of grass seed spoilage. Piling the bags on top of each other can be harmful.
Storing leftover grass seed for future use is a means of conserving our resources. Along with the lessons on how to store grass seed properly, may we also keep in mind that nothing in our environment deserves to be put to waste. So, go ahead and start storing and preserving your grass seed with the efficient tips presented above. Why buy new grass seed every season when you can store your leftover ones for the next seasons to come, right?
We hope you find these tips helpful! Thank you for reading and don’t forget to share with your fellow homeowners and gardeners!