January 10, 2020

The nights are cold now, down below 40 degrees.  Other than feeding Spots his breakfast, I usually defer the outdoor work until 11.00 when temperatures are 10 to 15 degrees warmer.  Working in mildly cold sunshine is pleasant.

At midday.I laid down new soil and soil amendment where I tore out the the Bermuda grass last week.  Each of the three patches took two generous barrows full of soil, perhaps adding an even half to three quarters of an inch of new soil.  Thereafter I applied grass seed to the entire back yard.  I used the hand sifter and sprayer to create a more even spread of seed and to avoid the burnt areas from last year.  The patches of new soil took a heavier measure of hand sowing.

The soil is being laid on top of the previously seeded ground from last week.  I will see the effect of burying seed below a new level of soil and adding it on top.

2 thoughts on “January 10, 2020

  1. Best way to sow grass seed is to mix it with top dressing soil (“lawn soil” is a typical bag label) and put that down. It keeps the seed moist. Especially if you mix clover seed with grass seed – clover sows like sand (drops down rather than scattering much unless mixed with soil).


    1. I never cease to be amazed at how I stumble onto the best approaches to garden maintenance. I also am keeping the seed areas moist, not relying entirely on sky fall. Thanks for your encouragement.


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