Create a beautiful lawn with narrow, vibrant green grass
Pensacola Scarified Bahia grass is a perennial grass that thrives in the southeastern United States. This deep-rooted grass grows in a variety of conditions, including shady or poor drainage areas. With tolerance to high-traffic, disease and insects, and fair drought tolerance, this grass seed is ideal for creating a beautiful lawn with narrow, vibrant green grass.
- Have your soil tested and apply fertilizer at the recommended rate.
- Uniform seed distribution is essential. Seed Pensacola at the recommended rate. Seeding is quickly accomplished by using a hand-cranked spreader. Carefully regulate the flow rate and go over the area twice; seeding one half of the seed from east to west and the other half from north to south to insure uniformity.
- Cover the seed to a depth of 1/4 to 1/2inch. Very little seed can be expected to germinate that is left on top of the soil. Easiest way to mixed into the soil is vigorous raking with a regular steel tooth rake or a flexible lawn rake will suffice.
- Water lawn immediately after planting and continue to water as necessary to keep soil constantly moist. Every other day is probably sufficient to keep the soil moist. But on hot, sunny days, daily watering may be necessary. Continue watering as needed until the lawn is well established.
Spread rate for Pensacola Bahia: 5-7lbs per 1000 sqft
Remove as much of the old grass as possible. Mow as close as your mower will cut and remove the clippings. Use a steel toothed rake to loosen the soil. The more fresh soil you leave exposed the better. Rototillers can also be used to prepare a good seedbed. Then follow the same directions as Establishing New Lawns.
- Spray the area to be seeded (during growing season) with a grass and weed killer. Best results are obtained when at least one mowing is skipped prior to treatment. This provides more leaf surface to intercept the spray.
- Delay planting for at least 10 days then follow the same directions as establishing new lawns.
Starting a Lawn with Seed
Seeding is the easiest and cheapest way to establish a new lawn. The best time to seed warm-season grass in most parts of Florida is between April and July, permitting a full growing season before cold weather. Seeding your lawn can be much more cost effective than planting sod, but it depends on which turfgrass you select. Bahiagrass and Bermudagrass are the best choices if you want to start a lawn from seed.
For best results, the site needs to be prepared properly before planting. Make sure you choose high quality seed of a variety appropriate for your area and the site. Remove weeds and vegetation and loosen and level the soil. Work the seed into the soil and cover with sand or another product, such as hay. Seeding rates vary with most species and cultivars of grass. Keep newly seeded areas moist, and apply fertilizer only after the seed begins to grow.
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For soil testing find your local county extension service office here: UF/IFAS Extension Near Me