Rolling can be done directly on the soil when you are first installing grass seed to give you a level bed. When you sow grass seeds, don’t expect for all the grass seeds to germinate. Success of any grass seeding process depends largely on good seed to soil contact. Broadcast seed Roll Water Starter fertilizer after first mow, reason being I don't want to encourage growth in the established grass before the new grass sprouts. You do this by rolling it lightly with an empty roller. After you sow seed for a new lawn, you should ensure that the seed has good contact with the soil. g-man Moderator Posts: 12124 Joined: Thu Jun 15, 2017 3:32 am Location: Fishers, IN Grass Type: Front: NoMix Back: Bewitched Some people roll newly laid sod which helps the sod come in close contact with soil so it can make roots. New, ungerminated seed should be kept wet but never soaked (only because the seed will tend to float and bunch up as the water soaks into the ground). Straw also has to be raked up once the new lawn comes in. The seed package will give you important information about germination rate. All new grass, be it from sown seed bed or freshly laid sod, is a delicate thing. Half of the containers had pressure of about 8 pounds of weight applied for 10 seconds. Depending on the grass variety, the germination rate is normally between 80% and 90%. Water the lawn lightly after you finish rolling the seed. Straw contains perennial weed seeds, such as orchard grass, that can be hard to control. Top. This was to simulate pressure due to rolling the new seed. you seed, and you’ll have a much easier time mowing and watering later. Dormant seeding is the practice of sowing grass in the winter months when grass seeds are inactive. But even this will cause compaction. Northscaping recommends that you roll the newly seeded lawn twice; roll north to south and then from east to west. The seed was watered daily with rain water. Rolling over the seed will compact the soil which will make it harder for the new grass roots to grow into the soil. Establishing Good Seed to Soil Contact. Allowing the roots to develop into the surrounding soil without disruption of any kind is at the top of the list of requirements for developing a healthy lawn right after adequate water. Finding all these qualities in a grass seed is difficult but Jonathan Green Black Beauty grass seed does it all. While there is little value in scattering seed, broadcasting grass seed over bare or patchy areas between snowfalls gives seeds an opportunity to anchor in the soil before germinating. The key is seed-to-soil contact. Grass seed germinates on top of the soil, buried too far the seeds won’t germinate at all. Therefore, the initial step in preparing the area is to loosen the soil surface so the seed can easily be incorporated into the surface half-inch or so of loose soil. There was no raking, incorporation nor topdressing. 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