Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Sprinkler tune up after all this rain

If you have weeds growing in your yard after all the rain we've had recently, I have good and bad news for you.  First the good - grass growing season is upon us and you can grow it from seed.  Seed is much less expensive than sod.  The bad news is your yard may now be covered in weeds from the recent rains.  For grass seed to flourish, the weeds need to be removed or sprayed with roundup or herbicide of your choice.  The spray should be applied on two consecutive dry days during the sunniest part of each day.  Then after three days the ground should be ready for seed.  The rain made the soil of Los Angeles much wetter than usual and easier than ever to rake.  First rake the soil with a rake designed for moving soil, not raking leaves.  Then spread the grass seed according to the directions on the bag.  Last cover the seed with seed topper.  Do not skip this step.  If you do not cover the grass seed, birds will eat all of it and your lawn will not grow.  If you want to add an addition bird deterrent, make a scare crow by attaching a black plastic bag to a 3ft tall stake and put it in the yard.  Water the grass seed for 2 minutes three times a day for two weeks and your lawn should be looking great.  Good luck and let us know if your sprinklers need tuning up!

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