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  • How To Grow Grass, Fast!

    July
    6
    2007


    tips to grow grass from seed, fast
    Over the past 11 years that we’ve owned our home, we’ve made several failed attempts to fill a lot of bald spots in the yard. This year, me and my new green thumb have finally got it all figured out.

    The grass pictured above is seed that I put down Sunday, July 1st. We saw growth in just 4 days, folks. Now that’s fast. This is day 5, and it’s over an inch long. I know you’re all just dying to know my secret, right? Well just pretend you are, because I’m going to tell you anyway.

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    The dirt in the bare spot needs to be raked over, just a bit – I didn’t go very deep, maybe just 1/4 or 1/2 inch. I spread a nice layer of Miracle-Gro potting soil (the moisture control is good, too) over the area – then put down some generic fast growing grass seed – unless you want the special stuff, that will probably grow quickly too, but you can always seed the good stuff in the fall. Over the grass seed, spread a nice thin layer of Miracle-Gro again, then keep it really well saturated. Water in the morning and at night, and any time you notice the Miracle-Gro has dried out.

    We had a torrential rainfall on Tuesday night that washed much of the Miracle-Grow and seed both in a pile at the end of the area that I seeded. I gently raked it, spreading it back to its original spot, and added more soil and a little more seed, then drenched it all again. It’s all filling in and I’m excited to see so many bare patches filling in with bright green grass!

    And there you have it. Now go, sow some grass. Your bare summer feet will be very happy, because baby grass is very soft, and it tickles.

    UPDATE April 19, 2009

    I’d like to show you before and after photos of this area of our yard.

    BEFORE:
    mound of dirt
    AFTER:
    Note: We added a privacy fence, and neighbor cut down all of their trees,
    added a room and a door on the side of the garage.
    Taken on overcast day.

    grow grass fast landscaping Leanne Wildermuth

     

    The first photo was taken in 2004, just after we’d had a room addition put on the house and were left with a huge mound of dirt. We left the mound for several years and planted on it, using it as part of the landscape. In July 2007, we transplanted everything and leveled the mound, and started growing grass. The summer of 2008 it was patchy and young, still filling in. Now, April 2009, you can see it’s thick and lush and very, very green.

    Stop back and let me know how well this works for you – and share your before & after photos!

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    {53 Comments}

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    schrodinger said,

    Whee! I just planted some grass seed on July 4– the hot part of our Texas summer– and our soil is the heavy black gumbo clay that’s prevalent all over North Texas. I started with a surface that was virtually concrete, so hard that I couldn’t even jam a screwdriver down more than 1/4″. Even a rototiller would just bounce along the surface, it was that hard. I had to water , till it by hand with a tilling fork, water some more, till some more, mix in a lot of compost and fertilizer, then level it all off. Meanwhile, I had to apply for a variance from the city so I could water more than just twice a week on certain assigned days. Once that was approved, I laid out the seed and a bit more fertilizer… watered a couple of times every day as the soil surface started to get dry… and today is Day 4 (the seeding day being Day 0). I now have the beginnings of growth, like the first appearance of a beard on a teenage boy. :greenthumb: Oh, I know that I’ll probably have to overseed again in the fall to catch the inevitable thin spots. But considering that I had literally ZERO grass in that area, and what kind of soil and deep shade I had to work with, plus the hot Texas summer weather, among other things, I’m quite pleased with how things are progressing so far. I only wish that I could have simply done the Miracle-Gro technique, but given the type of soil and the deplorable hardpan conditions I had to deal with… it needed far more work. Oh, and I grew up in Illinois so I’m well aware of the differences! It’s been said that the soil in the Chicago area is so rich and fertile that one could spit on the ground and a human would grow. I agree!! :rofl:

    7.8.2012 @ 8:59 am
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    Madge said,

    Wow, your yard looks great, I’m in the process of restoring my lawn, I can’t believe how many people misread your article, what is wrong with people, I read the whole thing and understood exactly, Keep up the good work, lawns take a while but are so worth it.

    5.12.2013 @ 1:30 pm
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    stephanie said,

    The before pic looks like my yard rite now, and I hate it!!! I am gonna try this and hopefully get some grass growing!

    1.17.2014 @ 3:52 pm

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