Perhaps you’re wondering about the best lawn and landscaping trends to follow toward growing a beautiful lawn, using grass seeds. Such consideration may raise the question “will grass seeds grow if I scatter them around?”
Normally, all kinds of seeds will grow once there is little soil around, and grass seeds are no exception. However, being intentional about growing a lawn fundamentally influences your grass quality, and how fast and thick they grow.
To help you get the most out of your freshly acquired grass seeds, this blog post will enlighten you about how scattering grass seeds may not be the best option if you aim for a more luxurious growth. So read on to learn more!
How Long do grass seeds need to begin sprouting?
Many factors account for how long grasses take to grow. The average duration, assuming all required factors are available is anywhere between seven to twenty-one days
Below is a brief explanation of these factors and how they influence the growth rate.
The species of most grass seeds influence their growth rate. So, whether you get a mowable lawn or a trimmable hedge will depend on the type of grass seed you plant.
Grass seed quality and viability
It is essential to get viable grass seeds before starting to grow your yard. Before seeding, ensure you obtain seeds that have been adequately preserved for planting.
Most agricultural research centers and government agencies provide great sources.
Planting period of the year
Every seed has specific times of the year when they flourish. So, you must leverage the times and seasons of the year to get that luxurious undergrowth.
For instance, some seeds like Kentucky Bluegrass, Tall Fescue, Perennial Ryegrass, etc., flourish better in the cool seasons of late summer or the early periods of the fall.
Proper soil preparation
Not properly preparing the soil before planting will negatively impact your grass’s quality of growth. Grass seeds should be deeply rooted in the soil to prevent the sprouts from getting affected by heat or other changes in climate and weather. Properly tilling to loosen up the soil allows it to be well-aerated so that the seeds are covered with enough soil. However, you should be careful to make sure that the seeds are well-rooted yet not buried.
What to do when your grass seeds are not growing
If you’ve consciously controlled the factors affecting lawn growth yet your seeds are not growing, here are other silent factors which may have eluded you that could contribute.
- Inadequate soil hydration
You require perfect balance while trying to keep your soil hydrated. Too much or too little water supply could be problematic.
Grass seeds are sensitive to soil pH. A soil that is overly acidic or alkaline will retard grass seed growth. A homeowner test kit is a handy tool for testing soil pH by yourself. Alternatively, you can send a sample of your soil for pH analysis.
Planting and nurturing a lawn can be a very rewarding experience. It is an act of environmental care and eco-friendliness and deserves maximum attention. So, being a little bit more deliberate with your seeding will give you the lush lawn you desire.