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Seeding Guide

Why should I overseed my lawn?

Overseeding is planting grass seed over an existing lawn.  Overseeding is usually done to correct thin lawns that have been damaged by environmental stresses.  The results from overseeding will only be maximized IF new and improved turfgrass varieties are seeded into your lawn.  Black Beauty grass seed guarantees your success!  Black Beauty will fill in bare spots quickly and create the green, lush, healthy lawn that you’ve always desired.

The best time for overseeding is in the late summer or early fall.  The seed will germinate better because temperatures are cooler, rainwater is plentiful, the ground is warm and weeds are less active.  You will also have several weeks for the grass to germinate before tree leaves start falling.

Begin your seeding project with the right products!

Before you begin preparing the seed bed, make sure that you have the following products:

First, as stated above, choose Black Beauty grass seed mixtures when seeding for a beautiful, dark-green look that will also give you outstanding drought, disease, and insect resistance.

Second, IF you have a pH that is low (below 6.2), then be sure that you have Mag-I-Cal to adjust it.  Your lawn’s pH should be between 6.2 and 7.  A pH tester, found in most garden centers and hardware stores, is an easy way to figure out your soil pH.  If you pH is fine, then skip to the next step.

Third, IF the soil is very hard, then be equipped with Love Your Soil to loosen it.  To test for soil compaction, push your finger into the soil.  If the soil doesn’t come up to the first knuckle, then you have a compaction problem.  Growing a lawn in such an area will be difficult because water and air will not be able to penetrate the root zone.  Of course, Love Your Soil will correct the problem.  If you soil is not hard, then skip to the next step.

Fourth, Green-Up for Seeding and Sodding is a lawn food that is specially formulated for seeding and sodding.  It is rich in potassium, an essential nutrient needed for grass seed to develop deep and dense roots.  You will use Green-Up for Seeding and Sodding with Black Beauty grass seed ON THE SAME day that you are seeding.  Of course, if you have a soil problem (pH and/or compaction), then you will use Mag-I-Cal and Love Your Soil ON THE SAME DAY, as well.  Let’s get started.

How do I plant and grow grass seed?

First, rake the soil with a metal tine rake to remove any dead grass, thatch, or residue build-up.  If you have a large area to rake, then a thatching rake (or “power rake”) can be rented from a tool rental center.  It is very important to create grooves in the soil for the grass seed to properly lodge into.  This is known as “seed-to-soil contact”.  Such contact is critical to achieving the maximum germination.

Second, apply the grass seed (Black Beauty) with a spreader.  Use the settings on the back of the bags for ALL products – grass seed, lawn foods, or soil conditioners – to secure the proper rate. If your spreader is not listed on the bag, then simply visit the Jonathan Green website (www.jonathangreen.com), click on the “Spreader Settings” icon, locate your spreader, and use the rate listed for it.

Third, apply the seeding lawn food (Green-Up for Seeding & Sodding).

Fourth, if your soil needs a pH adjustment, then apply Mag-I-Cal.

Fifth, if your soil is hard and not crumbly, then apply Love Your Soil.

Watering the lawn of a private house with the help of irrigation sprinkler

Last, keep the seed bed moist.  The seed bed should be wet for a few weeks while the grass seed is germinating.  Light waterings, 2 to 3 times per day (early morning, early afternoon, late afternoon), are of benefit during the early days when the newly sown seed is establishing.  Within a few weeks, after the newly formed grass is mowed, you can decrease the watering schedule.  NEVER water it at night.  Excessive moisture on established grass leaves can lead to fungal problems down the road.

When will my grass seed sprout?

Black Beauty grass seed takes about 10 to 14 days to germinate.  As a general rule, perennial ryegrass germinates the quickest (about 7 days).  Fine fescues – including the creeping, chewing, and hard types – usually take about 10 to 20 days. Tall Fescue usually takes 10 to 14 days, but can be slow to establish under very cold temperatures.  Kentucky bluegrass is the slowest germinator, usually in 20 to 30 days, but even longer with cold temperatures.  Remember, “germinate” means a start to grow.  You can’t expect a filled in lawn in 10 days!

Mow the new grass once it reaches a height of 4”.  Keep the mowing height at 3”, except for the last cut of the year which should be 2 inches in height.  This is very important for your lawn during the winter months. The shorter mowing height helps the grass plant roots survive winter stress.

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  • Creation and Installation of Garden Beds, Walls, Walkways, and Patios.
  • Installation of Trees, Shrubs
  • Grading, Seeding, and Installation of Lawns
  • Above Ground Pool Installation

We are ICPI certified, fully insured, and offer FREE ESTIMATES. References available on request.

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If you are interested in developing a ‘do it yourself’ project, then consider our new in-house landscaping design program. We’ll provide you with the guidance and direction to do it right the first time. Contact our staff to schedule a 30 minute in-store consultation. We also offer other home improvement project services…please inquire and we can help you with your needs.

Our landscaping services are available throughout Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, Lehigh and Berks Counties and not limited to the following areas: Harleysville, Skippack, Trappe, Collegeville, Perkasie, Souderton, Telford, Vernfield, Schwenksville, Red Hill, Green Lane, Pennsburg, Sellersville, Dublin, and Quakertown.

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We specialize service to the following areas for garden center supplies, hot tubs, landscaping, mulch, grills, firewaood, and pool supplies to the following areas: Harleysville, Pennsburg, Red Hill, Skippack, Trappe, Teflford, Souderton, Lansdale, Montgomeryville, Allentown, Easton, Bethlehem, Reding, Gilbertsville, Pottstown,Hatfield, Quakertown, Sumneytown, Green Lane and other outlying areas from our business.

We have a U-Haul service as well!

 

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With Daniel’s Lawn & Garden Landscaping services we can help you create your ideal outdoor living space. Let our expert staff show you how!

Our Landscaping Service includes:

  • FREE ESTIMATES – CONTACT US TODAY
  • Residential and Business Projects
  • Creation and Installation of Garden Beds, Walls, Walkways, and Patios.
  • Installation of Trees, Shrubs
  • Grading, Seeding, and Installation of Lawns
  • Above Ground Pool Installation

We are ICPI certified, fully insured, and offer FREE ESTIMATES. References available on request.

PA Contractor License #PA013212

If you are interested in developing a ‘do it yourself’ project, then consider our new in-house landscaping design program. We’ll provide you with the guidance and direction to do it right the first time. Contact our staff to schedule a 30 minute in-store consultation. We also offer other home improvement project services…please inquire and we can help you with your needs.

Our landscaping services are available throughout Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, Lehigh and Berks Counties and not limited to the following areas: Harleysville, Skippack, Trappe, Collegeville, Perkasie, Souderton, Telford, Vernfield, Schwenksville, Red Hill, Green Lane, Pennsburg, Sellersville, Dublin, and Quakertown.

Our finished project gallery will be available on our website in the near future.

Low Maintenance Landscaping

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What homeowner wouldn’t want a lush and colorful garden just outside the window? But while a garden definitely boosts your home’s curb appeal, it also claims a lot of your free time. There’s no such thing as a maintenance-free garden, but choosing smarter plantings does cut down on the amount of pruning and watering required. So, the next time you plant, try some of these lovely options that take care of themselves. Then get ready to enjoy your new landscaping—from the comfort of your porch swing.

  1. Ribbon Grass

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    Though it does best with moist soil and partial sun, pest- and disease-free ribbon grass thrives in Zones 4 to 9, in virtually any growing scenario—full sun or shade, wet soil or dry. Though it rarely gets taller than one foot, ribbon grass quickly spreads across even steeply sloped terrain, either to your frustration or delight, depending on your aims.

  2. Forsythia

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    Forsythias are early bloomers whose yellow flowers signal the start of spring. To ensure your forsythia is in top form, you’ll want to prune the bush occasionally and plant it in full sunlight.

  3. Hosta

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    The low-maintenance, shade-tolerant hosta needs a steady supply of moisture but will thrive in almost every soil type. They grow best in Zones 2 through 10 and benefit greatly from morning sun. Water in the morning to prevent the leaves from getting burned by the sun, and keep the plant hydrated throughout the day as needed.

     

  4. Texas Ranger

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    The vibrant lavender, purple, and magenta blooms of a Texas ranger may look like they take some work to care for—but we won’t tell the neighbors your secret. This hardy plant is built to survive on little water, so all you need to do is plant it in full sunlight, and water during the summers or in times of drought.

  5. Yew

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    There’s a reason why these evergreen shrubs are a popular choice for borders and entryways. Their tolerance for drought coupled with their ability to adapt to almost any soil type makes for easy care. Yews thrive in partial to full sun in Zones 4 to 8 and reward you with beautiful (but inedible) fruits in early autumn.

  6. Black-Eyed Susan

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    These drought-tolerant flowers look bright and chipper even in the sweltering summer heat, which makes them a great choice for the forgetful gardener. Black-eyed Susans will attract butterflies to your garden, but they also entice deer and rabbits, so plant them near repellant (and easy-care) plants like lavender or rosemary. Tend to your black-eyed Susans by planting them in full sun or partial shade, then watering and deadheading as needed.

  7. Bottlebrush Buckeye

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    In Zones 5 to 9, bottlebrush buckeye does well in full sun or deep shade, so long as it gets enough water. Disease-free and rarely needing a prune, the slow-growing shrub can reach an impressive height of about 15 feet. In late spring and summer, its white blooms attract attention from birds, while in autumn, its lush foliage turns a beautiful gold.

  8. Fescue

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    Homeowners have long turned to fescue as a drought-resistant alternative to traditional grass. If you’re not ready to make the switch, try it out in your garden bedinstead.

  9. Bergenia

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    You can count on bergenia to grow in almost any condition, sunny or shaded, and its dark, broad leaves bring beauty to the yard. If you want yours to flower, be sure to position them in full sun to increase the chance of pink and magenta blooms in spring.

     

  10. Sedge

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    With a variety of different sizes, textures, and growing requirements, sedge is an ideal alternative to turf lawns. These low-maintenance plants thrive in Zones 7 to 10, whether in partial or full shade, and require little to no mowing, fertilizing, or watering.