For many property owners in the Jackson area, a beautiful lawn is the highlight of their landscaping. Sure, there are other important elements, but many people love the way a lush green lawn serves as the centerpiece of their design.
Of course, such a gorgeous lawn doesn’t happen by accident. Plenty of hard work is required to keep that lawn looking so sharp year after year. If you want a great way to take your lawn to a high level in the coming year, consider slit seeding. This technique is not as popular as other methods of growing grass, but it can be highly effective when used correctly. Contact TLC today to learn more.
Let’s get started by defining what we mean by “slit seeding”. When you want to grow new grass – either to create a new lawn or to improve the condition of an existing lawn – you’ll need to apply grass seed to the area. Often, this is done simply by using a broadcast spreader to distribute seed around the lawn, rake it into some loose soil, and add water.
While this approach can work, it comes with some drawbacks. Those grass seeds might not really find a suitable home in the soil, and instead may wind up sitting on top of the thatch. As a result, the fresh growth may not integrate into the lawn, and the outcome will be disappointing. It can be frustrating to sink time and effort into the goal of improving your lawn, only to have it look mostly the same.
This is where slit seeding enters the picture. The term “slit”, which you’ll sometimes see called “slice”, refers to cutting slits in the ground where seeds can come to rest. With a machine to do the work, you’ll cut these slices throughout the area that will be seeded, and then put seeds into the openings. In the end, you are left with seed that is underneath the surface where it will have a great chance to take root and grow properly.
By this point, the advantage of slit seeding should be obvious – you’ll be giving the grass seeds a great chance to thrive in their new home. Soil will surround the seeds, and they’ll have plenty of water available in that soil, as long as you keep the lawn wet during the days and weeks after putting down the seed. So, when cared for properly, we can expect slit seeding to yield outstanding results.
Of course, there are pros and cons to every kind of maintenance procedure, and that’s true here. For downsides, we can start with the time and cost of this type of seeding. Standard overseeding of an existing lawn is very affordable, since seed is pretty cheap and it’s an easy DIY project (or a quick task for a pro). However, there is machinery involved to execute slit seeding, and it’s a labor-intensive process. When you add it up, going with slit seeding is going to cost quite a bit more than your other seeing options.
Also, you might do quite a bit of unnecessary damage when slit seeding. This is particularly true if you have a relatively healthy lawn that simply needs some improvement in spots. The act of cutting slits will tear up some of your good grass, meaning you’ll be taking a step back in the hopes of taking a couple of steps forward later.
There is no doubt that slit seeding is a useful technique and it will be the right choice for some lawns. However, it’s not the only choice to add seed to your lawn, and it might be too aggressive – or expensive – for your situation. Talking it over with an experienced team like the one at TLC will help you determine whether this or another approach is right for your lawn.
It would be a shame to get great results with the slit seeding technique – only to fall behind on lawn maintenance and have those seeding efforts go to waste. Fortunately, if you don’t have the time or desire to care for your lawn, TLC is here to help. With affordable lawn maintenance and mowing programs, we can keep your property looking its best while you maintain space in your schedule for other things. Reach out today to get started!
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