Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot. However, all opinions expressed are 100% my own. As always, I choose to only review products that I feel are beneficial to my readers and my family. I am thankful to the Home Depot for this opportunity to green up our lawn. I can already envision the many enjoyable days we will be spending barefoot in our backyard enjoying the new bed of green carpet.
As promised yesterday, today I am excited to show you some of the products we purchased at Home Depot in action with the help of my dear hubby, Goose.
After researching how to implement our new lawn products via the Home Depot Garden Club, we began by preparing our ground for some new grass. This video shows the steps we took as a result:
6 Steps to Planting New Grass
- Prepare the the soil by removing weeds, rocks, and stones and loosening the dirt where the grass is going to be planted. I will say that this step was probably the most challenging for us as our clay dirt was rather hard to break up so I might suggest the use of a garden cultivator or slightly watering the area the night before should you also find this to be a challenge in your yard.
- Mix in some organic material into the soil. We chose to use material from our compost pile.
- Spread starter fertilizer over the soil using a fertilizer spreader. We used a handheld spreader.
- Sow the seed evenly using the fertilizer spreader.
- Gently rake the seed to barely cover.
- Water daily until germination. For our product we have been using an oscillating sprinkler for the large areas and a shower head wand for the small areas.
Other Grass Planting Tips
- You should only apply fertilizer with a fertilizer spreader of some kind (not your hands).
- For handheld or liquid spreaders, walk backwards so you can see where the fertilizer is distributed.
- Keep fertilizers off the sidewalks as they tend to corrode the cement over time.
- Always water your lawn well after fertilizing (or as my dad likes to do it–right before a good rain).
- Avoid fertilizing during a drought as it can burn your lawn.
- Consider mulching the seeded area with garden fabric or straw to retain moisture on the newly planted area until the grass 3″ high.
- Consider roping the area off until the new grass is sprouted to avoid it being trampled by dogs or children or even yourself in a forgetful moment. 😉
After it was all said and done, I must say our favorite product was the Melnor Oscillating Metal Sprinkler. One, it’s watering width is adjustable making it much more efficient for watering small or narrow areas. Two, it’s made of solid metal so it is much less likely to break from any brittle plastic parts. And three, as my daughter likes to say (and the picture below shows), “it’s just fun!”
All that to say, come back tomorrow to see our final results!
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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot.
He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters… Psalm 23:2