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How to Plant a yard & Grow a lawn - Like a PRO! Grass seeding, Lawn REPAIR, overseeding,

all right so we've got the backyard

sodded but the plan is to seed the front

yard and a lot of the ground prep is the

same as we did for the sod so but we'll

walk through these guys because what we

do from there is a little different one

of the things that I want to talk about

is the density of seed and that's pretty

important that we get that right because

if you have your seeds too thick it will

compete with each other and kill each

other now if you look at where Blaine is

walking right now the ground is fairly

firm it's because this is where we've

been walking in and out and so we've got

a couple things to do to this ground

before we can seed it so I'll wasting

more time let's get into how the pros

seed a job site and how you guys can

seed your own backyard

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so in today's today's project we've got

class oh no we don't have classified

we've got clay as our base material and

so we imported black dirt what kind of

do you know kind of black dirt we

imported lame pulverized screened black

dirt all right let's dispel the first

myth right out of the gate a lot of

people think that you got to have four

inches of black dirt before you can seed

or sod and that's actually kind of true

but not totally true if you actually

have your subsoil and then you're

finished grade of four inches of pure

black dirt your seeds not gonna grow

your sods not going to take because

you've got too much stratification

between the two layers and what will

happen as this pure black dirt will

actually hold too much moisture and rot

your seed from the ground up what you

want to do is you want to take that

black dirt and instead of having four

inches of pure black dirt you want to

mix it all in to the top so that your

top four it just has a combination of a

little bit of clay binder of sand you

want to make sure that it in your soil

free drains but you've got to have

organic material as the growing compound

for that seed so your top four layers is

a mixture of all of these different

kinds of soils together that's how

you're going to get the best results we

removed the rocks large particulate

matter because it's already gonna have

it like that rock right there that's got

to go we can't leave any of that behind

and so we've got to just loosen up the

soil and the loose soil is a important

very important first step to successful

seeding now here's the thing it may be

almost impossible for you guys to loosen

up the soil if that's the case water it

water the heck out of that soil because

that will soften up the soil and you

have to keep the soil while you're

seeding if you got densely compacted

subsoil

while the seed is germinating and taking

off you've got to keep it almost

constantly moist because that keeps the

soil soft and that allows the roots to

penetrate down below agree or disagree

Blaine totally agree okay so we're gonna

we're gonna rake this out and then we're

gonna seed this up and show these guys

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now just like for prepping the base for

sod prepping the base for seed we use

similar tools in this case we're gonna

be using these landscape rakes and the

reason we use these landscape rakes is

it allows us to not only grab a bigger

surface area but also to do a better job

of leveling it

we want our subsoil to be nice and

leveled perfectly and then our finish

grade which is what Blaine is working on

right now we want a very even blend of

soil underneath it and let me talk to

you about what I mean with this if you

guys a bug just flew my nose and mouth

both at the same time that was awesome

so if you guys are laying out your black

dirt for your finished grade you don't

want areas of black dirt that are got

four inches of base and then other areas

that have just an inch of base because

what will happen is is this black dirt

will condense and compress over time so

over the course of a few years the four

inches is gonna have a lot more given

flexibility than this inch so you want

consistent amounts of black dirt over

the entire project and to have

consistent amounts means your subgrade

has to be the same that's the most

important thing now what we see Blaine

doing here is he's pulling off all of

the larger rubble now this larger rubble

is not really good for growing seed it

if it's okay to have a certain amount

mixed in so you don't have to go crazy

being picky with it but getting the

majority of it out is gonna be better

for your finished grade long term these

wet to get back to these landscape

breaks they have a grading side and then

they have this side with the times

you'll see Blaine right there is using

the grading side right now and he's

popping out bigger ruts in the yard and

then he uses the ties just to feather

everything out the grading is probably

one of the most important elements of

this they see I got a little tiny high

spot right there I can knock that down I

can flip the rake over and I can bring

everything back and loosen it up

so getting these great just right

there's probably the longest part of the

process do you have the grass seed

whiskey blame the grass seed with you

okay I think we've got this prepped

pretty good yeah okay

so your grass seed you don't have to

have killer grass seed what do we got

three and a half pounds okay so

all-purpose so a lot of times what I'm

gonna recommend to these guys is use the

general landscapers mix which is usually

a sunny shade mixture and it has

different look for your what best for

your area

some areas do better with different

blends but here in northern Minnesota

can tell you our bluegrass mixed with

rye grass that combination is what gives

us the best result but go to your

general landscaping store and ask them

for the best for and then describe the

Sun conditions

Sawney shady sun shade mixture getting

getting that exactly right is right

so broadcast spreader what do you put

your thoughts on that

thank you that hey use what use what

nature gave you I prefer finger

spreading order hand spreading it it

gives you more precision to hit every

every area that you need to versus just

a broadcast spreader and a broadcast

spreader is great for super large areas

that will give you more consistent

results over larger zones but in tighter

spots like this I just we're gonna watch

the technique that Blaine uses will see

if it's the same as the one I use I

don't know okay that's actually an

important factor yep

just a semicircle now you see how okay

right here I want to let show you guys

some see this that is bad and that's

okay because we know that and we're

pointing it out that's just a little too

dense that much grass seed will actually

compete with each other and kill each

other like right here this is almost

perfect now you will have two over seed

multiple times it's not gonna be a one

and you're done you're gonna seed some

of its going to come in some of its

gonna fail then you get a spot

speed this is almost perfect right in

here all right I'm gonna grab the bag

and I'm gonna do the rest of it Blaine

I'm gonna ask you to hold the camera and

the reason I'm doing that is I want

these guys to see it from my perspective

because I've got the GoPro on I want

these guys to see exactly how much I use

now I'm facing the camera but it's just

a little bit at a time I do it a little

bit just a little bit different

Blaine likes to do this pattern right

here I do that too

but when I want real precision I don't

mind just going like this it's a it's a

simple technique it's using what God

gave you but look it like a see how we

got this pattern right here right down

here that's almost perfect you see that

wind you see how that wind is carrying

it I'm using that wind you will have

wind so you got to be you just be

conscious of it's not like it's this is

science this is common sense but be

amazed that how many people don't seem

to have common as much common sense as

you would think okay so now we've got

the seed down but we're not done by any

means we're gonna before we cover this

up we're gonna look at our pattern to

see if we have any spots that are a

little weak like these edges right here

I don't like these edges and I'm over

seeding too so I want this seed to blend

in to the other two the rest of this

yard and so I'm gonna let some of this

seed go into the existing grass next to

it that's going to help blend colors so

as this seed is coming in it's going to

be a different color than this seed

because it's a different mixture that's

kind of an important thing to take into

consideration you may have deep green

here and lighter green over here but you

take a little bit of the seed that you

grew up with originally and you cast it

out into the rest of the yard and that

feathers everything together just some

tips and tricks that we use so that when

we walk away from a job we know that

it's good watering schedule blame you're

behind the camera but I'm going to ask

you what is the water

during schedule twice a day morning and

evening moist not mud remember that

moist not mud you guys that's important

all right so let's I think we've got

good coverage what do you think Blaine

are we good bad in between looks good

all right so let's show them the next

and final step well one of the two final

steps so we know we've got a problem

area let's address that problem area

first so this is our problem zone right

down here and it's as simple as that

spread that seed out spread it out and

now it's literally just grabbing a rake

and gently raking that seed in just

getting a cover in it and then a light

misting of water turn to get this moist

and keep it moist if you can keep this

ground if in an ideal world you can keep

this ground moist all day long just all

that not mud just moist that's the

perfect growing conditions son with

moist and then when it rains that's

beautiful because the rain actually is

better than watering most people

probably know this but for some of you

that don't rain actually has a certain

amount of organic material in it

phosphates nitrates come from the rain

your tap water filters a lot of that

natural fertilizer out and actually adds

chemicals in to protect us and none of

that does your scent your freshly grown

seed very good mother nature has the

best fertilizer available and that's

just just rain so also pond if you have

access to pond water you could put a

pump in a pond and water your lawn with

pond water because that's what we do up

north that's way better that's some of

the best stuff ever pond water because

that has that's like duplicating or

mimicking rain and this is it I mean is

there anything else we need to know

Blaine I mean realistically did you

nailed it just start watering and keep

it watered that's that

it it's as hard as that so that's all we

got for you guys for today hope this

videos helped you out god bless go get

them you guys check out these other two

videos right here and drink plenty of

people need water too alright I'll catch

you on the next one