How To Protect Grass Seed From Heavy Rain

If you have a grassy lawn at home. You might be familiar that it is not child’s play it needs proper care. Sometimes when kids play or ride bicycles on the grassy lawn. Although seed weighs very light That Why rain can drive away from it within a blink of an eye.

If you want to relax for some years you need to level your ground. You can use all possible tools for leveling. It is very effective because the newly sown seed will retain its original position. It will germinate within its specific days. It will impossible for rain to wash away grass seed as a whole.

  •  Lawn Aeration

This is a worldwide technique to care for the grassy lawn. Let’s say what is lawn aeration? To answer this question “ A process in which we remove little plugs of soil to allow water and nutrients absorption”. We often use an aerator machine for this purpose.

The lawn’s soils become compacted. As a result, rainwater can’t absorb into the soil but turns into a flood or pool. In such conditions, it eradicates the newly sown seed and even newly born grass. When soil gets compacted it wouldn’t permit water and nutrients in the grassroots. As a result, it doesn’t grow normally. That’s Why we can aerate grass ground for its effective growth.

  •  Change soil composition:

Soil also plays a vital role in seed germination and protection. The skilled gardener uses loam soil for its grass growth. The loam soil retains moisture and drains water within a few minutes in heavy downpours.

If we talk about loam soil, it has three kinds.

  • Clay
  • Sand
  • Silt

Among these (above) kinds, sand is best, because it drains well and quickly dries. After heavy rainfall, it doesn’t retain water. Therefore there is less chance of waterlogging.

Similarly, silt is normal soil. It drains water but up to some extent but best for fertility.

Clay is effective because there the grass wouldn’t feel any thirst but it doesn’t drain well. 

  •  Cover your seed

If you have a bit of knowledge about seed and its germination, You will know its facts well. As you know germination time is different for different seeds. It also depends upon the soil temperature. Botanist claims that seeds germinate fast in high temperature as compared to low temperature.

You can cover it with organic mulch. By covering the seed it will not only safe from rain but also from heavy wind and hungry birds. That Why this technique is the accepted one. Anyhow, It will be good if you cover it with a mulch with transparent nature. (it would help you to watch the germination on a regular base)

  • Use a tarp

This method is only applicable when we don’t have any option in case of an emergency. As you know tarp wouldn’t let the water reach the newly sown seed. If rain is about to pour and you have no option then apply this technique. When raindrops subside then it is time to uncover the grassy lawn.

Anyhow seed will germinate normally and rain wouldn’t disturb its speed. Anyhow covering a tarp wouldn’t let rainwater reach the seed. If you have no alternative option to water the lawn then don’t try this way for safety.

  • Use straw 

It is also an alternate option to protect grass seed from heavy rain. 

Straw isn’t only effective for seed protection but it would permit rainwater to read seed. For germination, a seed needs sufficient water and straw will fulfill its need. As know straw will decompose after some time to let sufficient nutrients for the seed.

You can purchase straw in blankets for lawns.YOu don’t need to remove it before seed germination because it can’t stop way to  

  • Use burlap

You have the last option that is to use burlap. Most of the lawn experts prescribe burlap to protect grass seed from heavy rain. As you know burlap is made of plants and vegetables. If you have sewn seed and irrigated well then it is time to spread a burlap sheet.

The burlap sheet wouldn’t only protect your seed from rain but it can handle storms too. The interesting thing is you don’t’ need to remove it when the rain subsides. All new seeds can germinate well inside the burlap. It is made of cellulose that’s why it will decompose automatically after some time.

NOTE:

        When you are in search of burlap make sure that it is made of organic material. It must not be made of synthetic material(it disturbs grass growth).

Conclusion

I would like to wind up the whole discussion. As you know our grassy lawn provides a soft touch. Sometimes it ruins(in case of high traffic over it). We can replace the worn-out area with a new seed( to sow). Still, your seed will be in danger if we don’t care about this. Simply all the tips(discussed above) will take in your newly sewn seed from all harsh elements.

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