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Planting and Seeding Guide for Fall in Northern Rhode Island

Sowing grass seedOne of the most important times of year for your lawn in the northeast is fall. While most people are distracted by the beautiful leaves on the trees, landscaping services in Northern Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts are hard at work making sure that the lawns are properly taken care of and are prepared for the winter. Flower bed planting and care is also very important during this time of year, as is lawn fertilization in Rhode Island. A lawn that is healthy and well-established will be able to block out weeds and resist damage from disease or insect attack. Ongoing maintenance is key, but first you need to establish a healthy lawn as part of your seasonal landscape construction.

Choosing the Best Type of Grass
The first part of the equation in building a healthy lawn is to choose the best type of grass seed for your particular area. The type of grass seed used in the northeastern states varies drastically from the type of grass seed used in the southwest. Cool season grasses will continue to thrive in colder conditions and require less maintenance than other types of seed. Consult with your professional landscaping services in Northern Rhode Island to find out what type of seed is best for your lawn, based on your unique needs.

Different types of grass seed are chosen based upon their tolerance to things like moisture, the pH of the soil, and even the temperature of the soil. Some seeds are more tolerant to various stressors, such as insect invasion, disease, drought and temperature, so it is important to choose the best options for planting with your landscape construction technician. Some grasses grow better in full sun, while others do best with some shade. The conditions of your particular property will greatly affect the growth and health of your lawn based upon the type of grass seed that you choose to plant.

Some of the most popular choices in Northern Rhode Island include:

  • perennial ryegrass
  • various fescues
  • Kentucky bluegrass
  • mix that contains fescue, rye and bluegrass all-in-one

Finding the Best Time to Plant
Once you have chosen the best type of grass seed for your lawn, it is important to get the timing down. Seeding, flower bed planting and care should all be done at the right time in order to get the best results. Late summer planting between August 15 and September 15 is idea in this region. There is less competition from weeds and the amount of rainfall and cooler temperatures during this time of year helps seedlings to get off to a good start. Most people think about planting in the springtime, but that should only be done if you missed the late summer or early fall planting period.

For that matter, lawn fertilization in Rhode Island must also be done at the right time in order to get the best results. Experts recommend that you do not apply fertilizer after September 15th to create healthy roots that will last through winter and help your lawn get “green” early in the spring. Never apply fertilizer to a wet lawn. Apply the fertilizer first and then water the lawn to soak it down into the roots and get it off the leaves to prevent burning. Speak with your landscaping services in Northern Rhode Island to determine the best planting and fertilizing time for your lawn, flower bed planting and care.

Tips for Planting and Seeding
Contact your trusted landscape construction service at Eastern Landscaping for best results. However, it is important to know what is required in order to have a successful planting or season in the fall or any other time of year. All weeds must be eliminated, either by digging them up to get the whole root or by use of a weed killer product. The soil should be properly prepared and cultivated, then adjusted to the proper pH and fertility levels before planting even occurs. Soil testing should be done by a professional to determine what products need to be applied with regard to lawn fertilization in Rhode Island.

Next, the proper amount of seed must be applied evenly in two directions across the lawn for uniform coverage. A light rake should be applied after seeding to help get the seeds down into the soil. Then the area can be rolled to ensure that the seed has a good contact with the soil. High quality, weed-free mulch should then be applied to prevent erosion if your landscaping terrain requires it. Daily watering, according to your regional needs, should be done until the grass germinates and becomes established. Fertilizer can be applied when the seedlings are at least two inches high, again depending on the type of grass and the time of year.

Call Eastern Landscaping for Planting and Seeding
Whether you want to start working now to have a beautiful green lawn this spring, or if your goals are more about flower bed planting and care or lawn fertilization in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts, contact Eastern Landscaping by calling 401-766-9035. Our team can help you with a wide range of landscape construction and maintenance services. Landscaping services in Northern Rhode Island are available for residential and commercial clients throughout the local region. Call today for a NO COST estimate or to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced technicians.

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