Eco-Lawn Trouble Shooting
Eco-Lawn Trouble Shooting Suggestions:
Seed does not appear to be germinating:
Eco-Lawn is germination tested and known to be 95% viable (independently tested by Livingstone Seed Laboratory for 2008 seed). If germination appears to be an issue, one of the following could be an issue:
- Be sure you are seeding under desirable temperatures (around 15 degrees daytime temperature is ideal). In warmer temperatures, seed is not likely to germinate until things cool off again (fall).
- Water seed daily until germination has occurred.
- Check that birds are not eating the seed! If this is an issue, simple scarecrows made from bags or rags work to keep birds away.
- On new installations, be sure there is seed-to-soil contact. If necessary, use a roller to make contact.
- When over seeding, avoid mowing during germination phase as this can kick seeds up and away
Weeds appear to be sprouting in the Eco-Lawn:
Eco-Lawn seed is 99.5% free of weeds (independently tested by Livingstone Seed Laboratory for 2008 seed); if weeds appear after seeding Eco-Lawn they come from one of three sources: topsoil used for leveling or dressing; dormant seeds in existing lawn; or dormant seeds in fill used to grade a new property. The good news is that Eco-Lawn will tend to out compete weeds as it becomes fully established. In addition, occasional mowing will keep annual weeds from going to seed and becoming a nuisance. Perennial weeds are best hand weeded before they go to seed, or a broad leaf herbicide (does not kill grass) can be used if you choose to use conventional approach. Corn Gluten Meal is a compatible pre-emergent herbicide, but needs to be applied at least 6 weeks prior to the sowing of Eco-Lawn.
Eco-Lawn looks very fine compared to conventional lawns:
It is normal for the young blades to be quite fine. As the lawn becomes established, it will develop an appearance very similar to a conventional turf. See photos (Eco-Lawn Gallery) for a better sense of how it will look once established.
Eco-Lawn is looking brown or withered:
The grass needs some watering. Although Eco-Lawn is very drought tolerant compared to conventional grass, long dry spells - especially during the establishment phase (first year) - will impact the look of the grass. If you are planting in difficult areas (e.g. under large trees), be sure to water well the first season.