Newly bare soil needs to be stabilized as quickly as possible to avoid erosion after a tree is removed, especially in a lawn area. Grass is one of the quickest living ground covers for dealing with bare soil. Like with any other plant, creating the right conditions with the support of a landscaping company will enhance the growth rate of the grass.
1. Add Some Top Soil
Leaving the tree's roots behind will prevent grass growth and eventually leave a hole behind when the material rots. Due to the need for root removal, grading is often also necessary after a mature tree is taken out. Make sure that your topsoil is put to the side during the process. Graded and compacted soil added to fill in a root hole does not absorb water easily. The low quality of exposed subsoil makes it hard for grass to grow. Topsoil should be replaced before seeding to add nutrients, soil texture, and moisture retention. This creates a good environment for grass seed to sprout and take hold. If you don't have enough topsoil to cover the bare spot left by a large tree, have a landscaping company spread a quality product with plenty of organic material over the area.
2. Water on the Right Schedule
The proper watering schedule has a major impact on the growth of your grass. Too much or too little water can stall the growth process. You should mist the planted seed once or twice a day if you have no rain until an even layer of sprouts appears. Don't let the top two inches of soil dry out until the grass is three inches tall. At that point, taper off to weekly deeper watering unless the grass is under drought stress. This also ensures rapid settling of the soil filling in any gaps left by the tree's roots so you can level everything out as needed before grass roots establish.
3. Pre-Germinate the Seed
The way you treat your grass seed before it is planted can affect how quickly it will sprout. A common method for getting grass seed to sprout quickly is pre-germination. Soaking the seed you have selected in a bucket full of water for 3 to 5 days in a warm environment gets it off to a good start. Once soaked, drain all the water off. Putting the seed in a burlap bag and then into the bucket of water makes this step easier. Spread the soaked seed over the bare spot left by tree removal. Mixing the seed with damp sand can help the seed growing process speed up even more, especially in sunny areas that used to be shaded by a tree. This is a technique readily used by landscaping professionals, so you may not have to handle it yourself if you hire a service.
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28 July 2022
When my husband and I bought our house years ago, we thought it would be our "starter" home and we would move in a few years. We soon had two children, and we then decided against moving since we live in a great school district and we love our neighbors. However, I was growing very tired of the appearance of our home. We painted it a different color, and it still seemed like the "same old house" that we were tired of. We finally deciding that maybe good landscaping would "do the trick" and make our home more enjoyable to use again. We were right, and I now love our home! I now love spending time in our yard and just enjoying the scenery. I have such a passion for landscaping now I decided to create a blog about it. I plan to share many landscaping tips, so come back!