How to Grow Grass With Seeds in Frederick County, Maryland

Overview

Frederick County, Maryland, is an area of the United States that permits lush, green lawns in summer and fall. The most recommended variety of grass for Frederick County is tall fescue, as it thrives in mild temperatures and is resistant to more grass diseases. The best time to plant grass in Frederick County, Maryland, is between August 20 and October 15.

Step 1

Test for the soil's pH. Add 40 pounds of lime for every 1,000 square feet of yard if the pH is lower than 6.0 to 7.0. Federick County, Maryland, soil is between 4.0 and 5.0 pH on average.

Step 2

Rake the lawn and remove any debris, including litter, building material, weeds and rocks.

Step 3

Till the Frederick County, Maryland, soil to a depth of 6 inches to soften it and encourage better assimilation of soil additives.

Step 4

Disperse lime pellets over the entire surface of the yard, if needed to reach the proper pH levels, and till the soil for a complete mixing. Liming should be repeated every three years to keep the soil's pH high.

Step 5

Disperse pelletized gypsum over the entire surface of the yard to dissolve the soil's tough clay, creating a soil that drains and retains nutrients more efficiently.

Step 6

Roll the entire Frederick County, Maryland, yard with a water roller to check for uneven patches. Fill any uneven patches with soil.

Step 7

Disperse the tall fescue grass seed over the surface of the yard. Disperse half the bag in one direction and the other half at a 90-degree angle to the first. This will help the seed spread out evenly and prevent empty patches in the yard.

Step 8

Rake over the surface of the yard to slightly bury that seed.

Step 9

Roll the yard again with the water roller to push the seed into contact with the soil.

Step 10

Sprinkle a starter fertilizer over the entire yard at 30 pounds for every 1,000 square feet of grass.

Step 11

Irrigate the yard with a reliable sprinkler system. Keep the soil must remain moist while the seeds are germinating by watering the lawn for 10 minutes in each space, four to six times everyday. Taper the watering back to every other day after the lawn is established.

Step 12

Mow the lawn when it reaches 3/4 of an inch long. Mow with sharpened blades. Keep the lawn at 2 inches for optimal color and health.

Things You'll Need

  • Soil test kit
  • Rake
  • Tiller
  • Lime
  • Pelletized gypsum
  • Water roller
  • Tall fescue grass seed
  • Starter fertilizer
  • Sprinkler system
  • Lawn mower

References

  • University of Maryland: Caring for the Newly Seeded Lawn
  • Southern Maryland: Growing a Luscious Lawn
Keywords: Maryland lawns, growing grass, seeding grass

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