It’s downright frustrating when you spend hundreds of dollars on grass seed and other equipment, only to discover that it won’t grow in your yard.
But without grass, your yard will look like a barren, desolate stretch of landscape with no sense of aesthetics. If this sounds like a familiar scenario, keep reading for some helpful tips on how to get new grass to grow.
Trim Your Trees
This will allow more sunlight to get through the foliage and help foster the growth of your grass.
Choose The Right Grass
The first step in getting new grass to grow is to choose the right variety. With more than 10,000 different types of grass in existence, you must choose the variety that’s best suited for your yard.
When choosing grass seed or sod, consider the time of year, regional climate, and how much sun your yard receives throughout the day.
Most local plant nurseries should offer several different grass varieties that are suitable for your area.
Another option is to use sod, although sod costs significantly more than grass seed.
Clear Out Weeds and Brush
Go through your yard and pull any weeds or other unwanted brush that you come across. Even small weeds will sap valuable nutrients from the soil, making it even harder to grow grass.
Weeds are easily eliminated with good old fashioned vinegar. Fill up a spray bottle with distilled white vinegar (the strongest variety you can find) and spray any weeds you come across.
Due to the its highly acidic properties, vinegar makes an excellent all-natural weed killer, and unlike many other products, it won’t poison your soil.
Till Your Soil
While not required in all circumstances, tilling your soil will help your grass grow more easily. This can be done with a tiller, push plow, or even a basic shovel, all of which are sold at most home improvement stores.
Note: Be careful when tilling around and under trees. You don’t want to get too close to the tree or till too deeply because you can damage the tree’s root structure.
Spread Fertilizer and Seeds
Now comes the fun part: laying out fertilizer and seed. To really boost the growth of your grass, it’s recommended that you spread a mixture of fertilizer and seed.
Assuming you already tilled the soil, the seeds will settle down into the landscape where they take root and begin to grow. Fertilizer isn’t necessary in all cases, but it will certainly increase the speed at which your grass grows.
Sod Your Yard
As mentioned earlier, another option that will give you a more finished look more quickly is to sod your yard.
There are several varieties of grass that grow well here in Central Texas. Bermuda tends to do well in sun or with some shade while St. Augustine really needs full sun most of the day to thrive.
Last but not least, keep an eye on the weather in the days to come to ensure your grass seeds or sod are receiving adequate water.
If your area is under a dry spell, which we are in just about every summer here, use a water sprinkler to provide water to your new grass. As long as they receive sunlight and moisture, your grass will eventually grow into a lush green lawn.
If we can help with any of your tree care needs give us a call at 512-846-2535 or 512-940-0799 or