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September is the best time of year to plant grass, here are a few lawn tips to help ensure a successful planting.

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1) Always buy the most expensive seed you can find (cheap seed has more filler material and weed seeds in it) and plant the seed in good top soil (if you are not sure, contact us and we can do a soil test). Buy new seed each season, never use left-over seed.

2) Scratch the soil with a hard rake to give the seed a place to make contact with the soil. If you have a lawn roller, you can use it to ensure good contact with the soil; if not just run the back side of your rake over the area you planted.

3) Water heavily, as soon as you can after seeding, to flush seeds into soil grooves.

4) Avoid walking on the lawn for at least 24 hours to allow the seeds to settle.

5) Each day, water lightly in the morning to keep soil surface moist. Water again in the afternoon if the soil dries out. Never water at night. Water until grass has reached 3" tall.

6) Wait at least 7 days after seeding before you mow and then do not cut the lawn shorter than 3.5". Return clippings to your lawn.

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About Linda Lillie

Linda K. Lillie is the President of Sprigs & Twigs, Inc, the premier landscape design and maintenance, tree care, lawn care, stonework, and carpentry service provider in southeastern Connecticut since 1997. She is a graduate of Connecticut College in Botany, a Connecticut Master Gardener and a national award winning landscape designer for her landscape design and landscape installation work.

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