When it comes to aesthetics, natural grass is way better than simply laying out a turf. But working on your lawn can be a tough job. From buying seeds, to calculating the size of your property, to putting in the manual labor, it takes time and considerable effort. But if done properly, the results can be worth the investment.
For starters, we look at how much grass seed per 1000 square feet you need to kick start your lawn project.
Size of the property
First and foremost, you need to know the size of your lawn. Without this, you would never be able to calculate how much grass seed is needed. You can simply begin with your property size and subtract the non-lawn area. However, this can end up in miscalculations sometimes. For exact measurement, manually measure your lawn area with a tape measure.
Ensure that you measure the full length and breadth of your lawn either in meters or in feet. Knowing the exact lawn size and shape will help you in buying the exact amount that is required. Additionally, you will also be saving precious time and effort to give your lawn the makeover it deserves.
The next step in your lawn project should be to know which type of grass is best suited for the growing area. Not only will the correct grass type give your lawn a natural feel, it will also enable you to buy the correct amount you need.
Do not simply buy any bag of grass hoping that it will do the job. Always be aware of the soil and environmental conditions as well as the grass type that is appropriate to them. There are many grass types that will cover up 1000 feet with just one pound. On the other hand, some grass types will only cover 200 feet with the same amount.
When in doubt, you can always take advice from your local garden center. They will be able to tell you the type of seeds that will flourish in a given environment.
How much grass seed do I need?
Since grass seeds are quite cheap, you can buy more than you require. Sometimes, making exact measurements can be hard since lawns come in a variety of shapes and sizes. As a general rule of thumb, you should get thirty percent more seeds than what is required.
10% of the seeds should be kept aside on the off chance that there is a problem of measurement. Another 10% of your seeds should be set aside in case the seeds are eaten by birds. Finally, to fill in any spots that you may have missed during the initial phase of sowing, an additional 10% is required.
All in all, an additional one third of the seeds should be bought to ensure that you have enough to take care of any irregularities or repair work.
The manner in which you distribute your seeds will also impact the amount of grass seeds you need to buy. If you distribute the grass seeds willy-nilly, you may end up with uneven growth patterns in your lawn that are not pleasing to look at. For best results, the use of a broadcast spreader is advised. Spread your seeds using a broadcast spreader while walking in one direction, then turn ninety degrees and continue in that direction. This piece of equipment will scatter seeds evenly and will ensure proper coverage in all areas of your lawn.
Using too much grass seeds can be detrimental to your lawn. If there are excess grass seeds across the topsoil, the seeds may die. Although it can be tempting to over seed your lawn to get a lush and thick lawn, it is recommended not to resort to this option.
Seeds require enough space to grow and germinate. If you over seed, you bring in unnecessary competition for seeds. Some seeds may push through and suck all the available moisture and nutrients from the soil but others will eventually die. Not only that, the structure of the growth will also be poor that will make the grass susceptible to other harsh conditions in the environment. However, if you are seeding in harsh conditions, you should increase seeding by 100%. This will compensate for seeds that die in the process of germination.
You should over seed only if you are looking to keep the length of your grass in the lawn as short as possible. Even then, you should increase sowing rate by no more than twenty to thirty percent.
In case you are repairing your lawn, over seeding should be avoided. Sowing ten to twenty seeds per square inch will do the job.
Removing weeds and preparing the soil for optimum growth may reduce the amount of seeds you need to buy by fifty percent. However, if you haven’t spent the time weeding out unnecessary growth, you should increase seeding by twenty percent.
Quality of grass seeds
Grass seeds may be cheap, but do not settle for very cheap options. Always get a high quality product that ensures healthy growth and easier maintenance. There are a variety of grass seed options available on the market. Consult your local garden center before buying a particular brand. Getting a high quality product will also reduce the amount of grass seeds you may need to sow even after factoring in the additional amount you will require for repair work.
Growing a lush green lawn takes effort and, most importantly, time. Do not over seed unless required. The temptation to speed up the process may arise but sometimes all you can do after all the hard work you have put in is to wait. The most important and frequently asked question posed by lawn owners is always ‘how much grass seed do I need?’ The answer is not clear cut. It depends on a variety of factors.
For starters, know the dimensions of your lawn – exactly. Secondly, be aware of the grass type that is best suited for the environmental conditions of your locality. Seeds will not germinate if conditions are too hot or too cold. Put in the effort to weed out unwanted growth and prepare a rich top soil. To ensure that the seeds are evenly spaced and are not in competition with each other, use a broadcast spreader. Lastly, buy quality grass seeds and do not get a deal that may potentially give you poor growth quality.
Given the amount of factors that you need to be aware of while buying grass seeds, it is generally recommended that you buy a third more than you require. The extra amount may come in handy a month after the initial sowing period. The extra seeds can be used to cover up those patches that are inevitably left out due to miscalculation of dimension, birds eating up the seeds or other unforeseeable reasons.