Recently we have seen a surge in Grass Seeding Projects across Civil, Landscape and the Retail sectors. Customers choose to utilise grass seeding as a cost effective alternative when compared to laying turf, however may not be aware that grass seeding requires specific soils, as well as suitable grass selection, fertiliser and irrigation programs to be successful.
KEY THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE CHOOSING A PRODUCT FOR GRASS SEEDING
- Grass Seeding soils are different to a basic turf underlay soil, as Turf is significantly more resilient and is therefore able to be placed on a vast array of soil types.
- Grass Seeding soils are premium soils, and need to have at a minimum circumneutral pH, low sodium salinity, adequate water holding potential, acceptable drainage and desirably some organic material to assist with nutrient retention.
- Grass Seeding requires the right seed selection to be applied for the season and environment it’s placed in.
- Grass Seeding requires specific fertilisers to assure the nutritional requirements of the seed are met.
- Grass Seeding requires irrigation to assure the water requirements of the seed are met.
- When Grass Seeding, the soil used is exposed for extended periods of time. The use of highly recycled products (that will contain small amounts of contaminants such as glass and plastic) should be discouraged as when the soil is weathered, the contaminants will be exposed on the surface and give a false representation, which is often a concern to the customer.
The product we recommend for grass seeding projects and have seen success assuming all other criteria are met is
Benedict Quarried Sandy Loam and Organics Blend with Gypsum
Using highly recycled products is not advised.
By their very nature, recycled soils will contain small amounts of contaminants such as glass and plastic which become exposed when the soil is weathered – creating an undesirable result.
Get in touch with your Benedict sales representative for further information.