Growing Grass from Seed: Day 1

It’s been a LONG winter. For a story to long and sad to share on such a sweet blog, I’ll just say we have to plant grass in our backyard. Again.

When the ground thawed this year, we got out the shovels and heavy metal rakes, a beautiful rental bobcat, and went to town leveling out the yard, and by my husband insistence, sculpted a pretty interesting bmx bike track along the fence line.

So, I figured, I’ll post the progress on our little turf adventure, and anyone can either learn what not to do, or actual find some helpful tips for their project.

DIY GRASS GROWING TIPS

#1) make your yard level and if possible sloped to where you want water to shed (for example, away from your house)

#2) modify your soil if necessary. (we added peat moss because our soil was very compacted, and stony

#3) water down the soil to help breakup big clumps of dirt

#4) get some super cute assistants to help spread the topsoilIMG_2585

assistants No.2 & 3 are a bit distracted

assistants No.2 & 3 are a bit distracted

assistants  No. 2&3 are really becoming one with the earth

assistants No. 2&3 are really becoming one with the earth

assistants getting a good hose down before their bath...and yes, that is my kitchen sink sprayer.

assistants getting a good hose down before their bath…and yes, that is my kitchen sink sprayer.

#5) Ignore tip number 4. Cute assistants end up making more work than necessary

#6) Make sure your hoses are connected and sprinklers can reach every area. (rotate where your hoses lay or you may get a line of no growth on your new grass)

#7) spread seeds with a seed spreader, using the correct seed for your needs and sun exposure. We planted shade mix under the tree and a sun mix in the open yard.

#8) water thoroughly and Keep All Pets and Kids OFF!

Day 1 complete.

he's pretty sad that he lost is backyard for a month, but he's really milking the situation...more trips to the park now!

he’s pretty sad that he lost is backyard for a month, but he’s really milking the situation…more trips to the park now!

I may be completely insane by the time this yard is safe to walk on. I’ll keep you posted.

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