If you are here you must be ready for sod or seed.
When purchasing sod, keep in mind that locally produced sod is usually grown in a peat field with plenty of water close by, which is not similar to our typical conditions in Ramsey. Most sod varieties are 80-100% Kentucky bluegrass, which is nice to look at, but is high maintenance and performs poorly in sand and shade.
Seeding Creates Better Yards
It may surprise you to know that seeding will create a better yard. When done correctly, your lawn will experience increased longevity and durability compared to sod. The best times to seed are from right after the snow melts until the end of May and again from mid-to-late August through the end of September. Planting after September can result in poor germination and not enough growth to establish itself as a perennial.
Always use fresh seed and use seed that has been known to do well in Minnesota climate. The best grass seed is a blend of bluegrass, perennial rye and fescues. Knowing what type of yard you want is beneficial before selecting your seed. Bluegrass and perennial rye are for show purposes, while fescue varieties are best for shade. Purchase seed from a reputable retailer, who will explain each variety of seed in the mix and how it will be able to meet your needs.
When planting on hills or along the edge of walkout basements, a fast growing annual rye, planted with the perennial mix for a starter, will control erosion more effectively. Rye grass emits a harmless toxin that kills other broadleaf plants, creating less competition for survival of the new grass seed.
Ways to Plant
There are many ways to plant and most will work, but the most common practices are slit seeding, broadcast and rolling, and the popular hydro seeding. Mulching grass seed after planting improves germination of the seed. Rye straw is best for this as few weeds are found in this straw. After the straw blanket is applied, a slit disc will help hold straw down in place, preventing erosion from wind and rain. The other benefit is that straw helps hold moisture when seeds are starting to grow. Once grass is up and growing for a few weeks, the straw can be mowed over, which creates valuable compost for soil enrichment.