My soil is very poor and my lawn is all worn and patchy
Poor soil is a problem when trying to grow a grass lawn. Nutrient-poor soil causes grass lawn problems like brown spots, weeds (dandelions like poor soil), grass disease, Leather jackets and the inevitable bare patches.
These are 3 ways you can improve the soil and your lawn.
There are two ways to grow a clover lawn.
I'm going to explain both ways, starting with Seeding a new lawn:
Preparing the area for sowing clover seed
Over-seeding a grass lawn with clover seeds will help improve the existing grass and can be carried out from spring through until September, the warmer and wetter the quicker the seeds will germinate. To germinate clover seed needs soil temperatures to be at least 7-8 °C and must be kept moist.
With a proper watering schedule, anyone can turn their lawn into a lush spot of green. This will certainly improve the landscape in anyone’s home.
If you are new at landscaping or gardening, looking to make an effort to improve your lawn could be an excellent place to start with. All you need is soil to work with and some clover seeds. Watering new clover seed is quite simple and will only require a little of your time each day.
Before Planting the New Seeds
It’s actually brilliant that Mother Nature has designed seeds in order to make them react positively with moisture. So before starting to plant your seeds, make sure to water the soil. This will kick start the process of germination and create an ideal environment for your seeds to grow healthy.
How will you know if the soil is ready to receive your seed?
For this, you’ll need a long screwdriver and push it into the ground - about 6 to 8 inches deep. You will know if the soil is well saturated if the screwdriver sinks in nicely and is not met with resistance.
Once the soil is ready, you may now sow the new seeds. Immediately after 5 to 10 minutes, water to moisten the soil. This is done because if the ground dries out, the seeds will die.
Taking Care of the New Seeds
What would be the best time to water the new seeds? The ideal time to do the watering is during morning and evening as these are the coolest parts of the day. During these times, water is easily absorbed into the ground and is less prone to evaporate. For less hassle on your part, use a water timer or sprinkler timer for your lawn.
What to use in order to water the new seeds? That would depend on the size of your lawn. For small-seeded areas, a small spot sprinkler will suffice. However, use a quality rectangular sprinkler
if you have a considerably large lawn.
How Much to Water clover Seeds
How long to water the seeds? Basically, water them for about 10 minutes per each session - one in the morning and another in the evening. This will provide enough moisture for the soil and the seeds to work with.
As your new seeds begin to grow, you may now water deeper but do so with less frequency. This is to encourage the roots to extend deeper into the soil.
It usually takes between 7 and 14 days for the seeds to begin to grow. You should gradually increase watering sessions in the morning and at the same time decrease the session in the evening. You should only be sprinkling during 6:00 am to 10:00 am or anytime in the morning when the weather is still cool. This will provide the lawn with an inch of water per week and that includes the amount of water received from rainfall as well.
Growing clover seeds on your lawn is a good start for those who are looking into gardening or landscaping. This is because it teaches us, that consistent water schedule is the key, as is true with most garden care.
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