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PLANTING BAHIAGRASS WITH SEEDS
Preparing a site to plant
grass seeds should be done in a scientific manner involving the step by step procedures
listed below. While each and every particular planting has its various
We have found that the best
procedure is to follow as many of the steps below to achieve getting your seed to sprout
and grow such as those little seedlings in the picture above.
One of your best preparations will be
obtaining a soil sample on your site. Just
as you wouldn't want a doctor to operate
without ex-rays, you should not plant your lawn, until you know what is healthy and what is
- BEFORE YOU START
|STEP 1- Make sure that Bahiagrass is suited for the area location, weather and soil type
that you have. Also make sure before you plant that it is the type of grass you
want. See our www.lawngrasses.com web site
for help in determining and selecting the best grass for your particular lawn.
Remember that seeding takes time to establish a lawn and perhaps some areas might be more
Measure and lay out your site - record the square feet lawn area that you have.
Different lawn grasses handle different aspects
of your site in unique ways. What may be a suitable site for some grasses is not for
others. Allow for other types of shrubs and ground covers for use in the areas that
are not suitable.
STEP 3- Pull soil samples and have a qualified laboratory test
your soil for nutrients and deficiencies. Then you will be able to fertilize correctly and make other soil
adjustments as needed. You can apply the adjustments before tilling so as to
incorporate them uniformly. Fertilizers are best applied after tilling but before
dragging / raking the soil areas level. You can also apply the fertilizers
immediately after planting to Bahia grass lawn areas you have seeded.
THE GROUND FOR SEED & SOD
|STEP 4- You next step is to prepare your site for
your seed. We are going to assume that you will be "killing" off your
existing grass and/or weeds. If you need to overseed see the section on 1-2-3 Easyseed.
There are two methods you can use to "kill" off your current lawn. The best
method is to spray the lawn with a "Roundup" type product before you roto-till.
This ensures that the existing grasses and weeds will not stay around to compete
with your newly seeded lawn plants. The second method is to just tiller (roto-till) the
existing weeds and grasses without killing the plants with chemicals.
STEP 6- Most likely you will need to tiller the lawn at least
two times so as to incorporate the soil and old plant material uniformly. This is
especially true if you do not use a chemical to kill existing plants. A good method
is to till the lawn and then wait a week before tilling a second time. This results
in more "kill" of current plants in your lawn area.
|STEP 7- After tilling the lawn ... you need
to drag and level the surface to provide for a clean, smooth and level surface to plant
within. Properly leveling your lawn now will help to avoid the lawn being scalped by
your mower. You can use a rake to do this step or for bigger areas some sort of
heavy drag like device drug behind a tractor or riding lawn mower can achieve similar
results. Remove any clumps of weeds or grass left, and break up clods of dirt to
create a fine seedbed in the top 3 inches of soil.
|STEP 8 - READY TO SEED
Now that your lawn surface is ready to seed... continue on to our 1-2-3 EasySeed steps for HOW-TO's on
seeding your lawn. Or visit www.sodding.com for
PASTURE USE: Preparation for seeding
for pastures means first having a soil test first. Removing all vegetation as close to the
ground as possible either by grazing, burning, or mowing, or herbicides if recommended.
Applications of lime could be added at this time. It takes several weeks or a month or two
for the lime to react with the soil depending upon the amount of moisture available to
precipitate the reaction. Full cultivation of the ground follows by plowing and disking to
break the soil up and providing a weed free environment at the same time. Cultipacking
(using heavy rollers) pack the soil in preparation to seeding helps keeps the soil from
drying out in the process and forms an even flat surface for the pasture, removing holes
and hills that may have developed during plowing. Some machinery used can cultivate, seed
and pack in one step (this is for seeded varieties only).
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