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Lavicka Works, Inc. has plenty of experience in seeding a lawn. Starting a lawn from seed is the least expensive way to transform dirt into a new lawn. Whether it is a lot, ditch, home or garden, and sports field facility.

Establishing a stand of grass requires proper planning and attention to detail. Perennial grasses differ in establishment requirements compared to annual grain crops. There are Four Keys to having a successful lawn using grass seed. Using these guidelines will improve the chances of a successful lawn that will look amazing.

  1. Seeding Date
  2. Seed Bed
  3. Seed Placement
  4. Seed Quality

Seeding date is very crucial in the success of your project. The BEST time to plant seed is in the spring and fall of the year. The reason for this is that the seedlings have a better chance to survive when the ground temperature is in the mid 60s. Grasses should be seeded when soil moisture and temperature are optimum for germination. Grasses are designated either "cool" or "warm" seasons based on their growth cycle. Cool season grasses can be planted when temperatures are cooler and day lengths shorter. Warm season grasses need warmer temperatures and longer day lengths to grow. With this being said we are able to plant grass seed in the summer months but there are guidelines that need to be followed. For example, there must be proper soil tillage, more than enough seed, adequate water, and much needed mulch or covering. With following these guidelines your seeding project will look incredible no matter what time of the year.

The second step in the seeding process is the seed bed. A proper seed bed is firm and free of competing vegetation. The seed bed is prepared properly with our state of the art equipment, in a timely manner. Correct firmness is when an adult footprint is only slightly visible on the prepared bed prior to the seeding operation. A firm seed bed is essential for proper seeding depth. A loose, fluffy bed will place seeds too deep for proper germination. During seeding time there should be no actively growing weeds. Weeds will be taken care of during the grading stage.

The third step in this process is seed placement. Our equipment gives the proper seed placement. We use a brillion seeder and broadcast seeder. The seeding equipment provides the proper seed depth, uniform seeding rate, and good seed to soil contact. Grass seed can be broadly categorized into three types: fluffy or chaffy, smooth small seed, and smooth large seed.

Now that we have a the proper weather, proper grade for the soil and state of the art equipment. But the seed quality is the most important. All seed must meet the requirements of the states seed laws. The seed should be tested for purity and germination. Purity specifies any weeds and inert matter in the seed lot. Germinations is an indication of the percentage of seed that will sprout and grow. Seed is usually purchased and planted on a Pure Live Seed basis. The higher quality of seed the better quality of the seed. Grass seed that is typically used in Illinois is seed that grows in a cool environment. An example of this is: Kentucky Bluegrass, Fine Fescues, Perennial Ryegrasses, and Tall Fescue.

Lavicka Works, Inc. is very productive in all of these steps and we will give you a quality lawn you want whether it is a commercial project, a residential home or sporting fields. For your next seeding job contact Lavicka Works, Inc. when you want a quality lawn that you can be proud of.