Grass Planting in Ypsilanti, MI
As the weather warms up in Michigan, snow melts and lawn damage becomes quite noticeable. Near pavement, there might be areas where a snow plow driver plowed a little too far or ruts were caused from someone sliding on ice and driving through the lawn. Sometimes, as the lawn comes to life, there are large patches that just don't seem to fill in. The wet spring season can turn these areas into mud-pits and major eyesores. When fixing these problems, there are a few options for mulch to help keep new grass seed moist for quicker germination. Each material has pros and cons and are ideal for certain situations.
Penn mulch is pelletized, recycled green paper with added fertilizers; typically a small amount of nitrogen to help get the grass seed going. It is spread by hand and is the most hassle free of the options. Its color helps blend areas into the existing lawn. Once wetted, it spreads out and is mostly undisturbed by wind or heavy rain. It does have a tendency to dry out more quickly than straw and it's higher price per square foot means it is better suited for small areas and patch work.
Loose straw is a tried and true method for keeping grass seed moist for germination. It is cheap and effective. Its ability to retain moisture makes it by far the best option if planting grass in the middle of the summer. Once the turf has reached two or three inches, it can be mowed through and will decompose. Some people dislike loose straw because it has a messier appearance than penn mulch or straw mats, but the end product can make it worth the wait.
Straw mats price falls in between penn mulch and loose straw. The main problem with straw mats is that it seems no matter how much effort is put into making sure the mat is flat against the ground, loose ends find a way to stick up and get caught in lawnmowers. The twine takes a long time to decompose and once the grass is established, it is hard to remove the mat without ripping up grass seedlings. Mats are still a good choice for larger areas because it guarantees the straw will not be blown or washed away. Furthermore, if planting grass on a slope, mats could be the only feasible option.
No matter what type of grass seed mulch is used, it is important to make sure the seed stays moist for two to four weeks after planting. Grass seed is typically blended so when the first sprouts are seen, most likely not all of the varieties have sprouted yet. Keeping the entire area moist will ensure the turf comes in full and beautiful. If unsure if the seed needs to watered, it is best to check the soil with your hand. Grass seed is not planted deep so even the surface should be moist. This could mean daily watering during hot and sunny weather.
Lawn patching jobs are usually simple and quick. Filling in these spots can make the lawn more aesthetically pleasing and prevent weeds from filling in the area. Huron Landscape & Maintenance would be happy to help you with your Ypsilanti or Ann Arbor lawn restoration project this spring. With the right seed and application, you might have a beautiful lawn where you thought it was never possible.