The process to prepare the soil is the same to install seed or sod. When
installing a new lawn, the most important aspect is the grading. If the
grading is not properly done, you may end up with a wet basement or puddles
in your lawn. After grading is done to ensure water flows away from the
home or building, a rock hound is used to remove rocks, also hand raking
where necessary. At this point sod or Penn State seed mix along with
starter fertilizer is applied. Mushroom compost is spread overtop to
protect the seed and retain water to help to help the germinating process.
We use mushroom compost instead of straw. Straw tends to blow in clumps
or ends up in your neighbors lawn. Once the grass is mature the excess
straw needs to be removed. The compost will revert into the topsoil.
Seed or sod, they both need proper watering to ensure a beautiful lawn.