Signs Your Springtime Grasses Are About to Sprout
Are you wondering what to plant in your backyard this spring? You may want to give some cool-season grasses a try. Those of us who have been planting them know how well these grasses liven up our property. Cool-season grasses do well in the cold temperatures of autumn and spring. They never leave thin spots in your garden, thereby ruining your curb appeal, especially if you overseed your yard. As a gardener, maintaining your lawn in the cold season has never been easier. Cool-season grasses ensure that your yard remains dense and teeming with life throughout the year.
Having Realistic Expectations
To ensure that your cool-season grass stands a chance to sprout in the first place, you need to meet the underlying conditions for germination. The most appropriate time to plant cool-season grasses is during autumn and spring. This way, the grass will get the benefit of low temperatures ranging from 40 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit. The chilly day temperatures and cool evenings greatly influence the germination of these seeds. These temperatures lead to vernalization which is what leads to sprouting.
Before putting down your seeds, make sure you have your property aerated so that the seeds have the best possibility of getting enough water and air, plus you also want to perform a soil test to ensure your yard has the right nutrient levels. After planting the seeds, ensure your newly seeded lawn drains well. Too much water will result in rotting, and too little water will lead to the seeds drying up. Here's a breakdown to help you note realistic signs of sprouting!
Watching Your Seeds Sprout
Once you have the right base and you have your seeds put down, it is time to then watch your seeds sprout and come to life. This will take time. You will usually see seeds sprouting up in 2-3 weeks from when they were planted. Make sure that you take time each day to check and see if the area needs any water. Don’t overwater your seeds, as that can slow sprouting or even cause the seeds to mildew. Only water when the surface of the soil is hard and dry to the touch.
Do you want someone to come out and seed your cool season grasses for you this spring? Then Cashman Landscaping of New Jersey offers many services related to seasonal planting and landscaping projects. Contact us to provide you with an estimate for all your landscaping needs or to help you design your next landscaping project.