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How to Prepare Lawn for Seeding

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Wondering how to prepare a lawn for seeding? Look no further than the experts at Jonathan Green for the answers you need.

Since 1881, the Jonathan Green name has represented genetically superior grass seed, innovation, determination, integrity, and a commitment to excellence. Now, six generations later, we remain committed to producing superior lawn and garden products.

We supply cool-season grass seed, soil enhancers, fertilizer, and organic lawn and garden products to professional customers, such as sod growers and independent garden centers and hardware stores, across the United States.

Start with the Best Grass Seed

The original Black Beauty® Original Grass Seed mixture is grown by sod growers across the United States. It grows roots up to 4-feet deep and produces a naturally darker-green turf with better disease resistance and drought tolerance due to a waxy leaf coating that helps preserve moisture and wards off environmental stress. This mixture grows well in clay or sandy soils and in full sun or partial shade.

Get Ready to Plant Your New Lawn

Prepare the area. Remove all dead grass, weeds, and debris (sticks, stones, etc.) from the area. Level any areas where excess water is likely to collect.

Test the soil pH. Ensure that the soil pH is between 6.2 and 7.0. If not, use Jonathan Green MAG-I-CAL® to rapidly balance the pH and help the lawn grow greener and healthier. Apply MAG-I-CAL® when seeding, and adjust the application rate as the pH of the soil improves.

Loosen the soil. Loosen the top half-inch of soil.  If the soil is very compacted, Love Your Soil® will loosen and aerate it, feed the soil microbes, make the soil more alive and porous, and enhance root and root mass development. Love Your Soil® can be applied on the same day as the grass seed.

Plant the seed. Apply your preferred Black Beauty® grass seed mixture with a lawn spreader.  Distribute the seed as evenly as possible, and lightly rake to incorporate it in the top ¼ inch of soil. Seed-to-soil contact is the key to achieving maximum germination.

Fertilize. Fertilize before seeding with Jonathan Green Veri-Green Starter Fertilizer for Seeding & Sodding. This high phosphorus formula will help build a vigorous root system and get new grass off to a fast start, resulting in a thicker, greener lawn. Do not use crabgrass or weed killers before or after planting grass seed.

Water. Keep the seedbed moist for several weeks while the grass seed germinates and the new turfgrass gets established. Plan to water daily and possibly twice daily if it’s really hot and the water evaporates quickly, until new grass is two inches high.

For more information on how to prepare a lawn for seeding, visit Jonathan Green online, or visit your nearest independent retailer for reliable lawn and garden advice. Jonathan Green lawn products are sold only in hardware stores and garden centers. Buy from these knowledgeable lawn retailers who can help you achieve great results with your lawn.

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