Laidback Gardener Tip of the Day

Now is the Best Time to Start a New Lawn

août 23 www.shopgrassseeds.comForget the spring! Fall – from late August through mid-October in most Northern Hemisphere areas – is simply the best time to install a new lawn. That’s because lawns root best during a prolonged period of cool weather. In the spring, conditions tend to turn hot and dry before the lawn is established. Lawns sown or installed in the fall have months of cool temperatures to look forward to. Plus cooler fall temperatures keep the soil moist longer, so less watering is needed.

For new lawns, apply a layer 6 inches (15 cm) of top-quality top soil rich in organic matter, then sow with a quality lawn seed blend containing endophytes (beneficial fungi). A lawn grown from seed provides far better long term results that sod sold in rolls, although sod is a better choice on a slope where seeding can be difficult.

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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