Wow what a great weekend out in the woodland garden. I accomplished almost everything on my chore list. I was so pleased to see hundreds of Spring Flowering Bulbs starting to poke through along with a bunch of the early perennials. The whole lot was alive with song birds and they were singing up a storm.
After removing all the winter debris from the lawn area with a good raking I did some over seeding. Once all the dead grass, twigs, and leaves are removed broadcast seed at the rate of 3lbs. per 1000 sq.ft . The next step is to go back over the area with your rake lightly to work the seed down until it makes contact with the soil. If you have large bare areas you can add a topdressing of 1/4 inch of peat moss to lightly cover the seed and promote quick germination. The final step is to broadcast a good fertilizer over the area and let the spring rain do itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s magic. In the event that the weather is not cooperating then sprinkle the lawn lightly over the next two weeks to keep the seed moist. Wait till you see how think and green your lawn is this summer.
Due to the nature of the soil at our place (sand and sand mix) :>) I must fertilize every 3 to 4 weeks as the nutrients wash right through the soil. I also have to water every couple of days because the soil drys out so quick. If you have loam or clay soils I would recommend that you fertilize 5 times throughout the year. 1st of April , 2nd week of May. Last week in June, 3rd week of August, and the 2nd week of October. This schedule will give your lawn plenty of nutrition and you should supplement the rain fall with watering to insure that the lawn receives an inch of water a week. I can tell you you will be very pleased with the results. Of course you will need to mow it more often but hey it is good exercise.
Over the next couple of weeks I will be uploading some photos of the woodland garden as it bursts into it full spring glory so keep an eye out for them. Have a good work week I am already counting the days till next weekend :>>)