The undulations of grass hills and slopes are very attractive to the eye, and they also have the added benefit of helping to control erosion. A slope however, presents some special problems when it comes to seeding it for a grass lawn. You will need to keep the seed in place and prevent it from getting washed away by watering, wind and rain storms.
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Things you need
- Lawn starter fertiliser
- Grass seed
- Broadcast spreader
- Roll-out straw mats
- Landscaping stakes
- Small sledgehammer
Loosen any compacted soil on the slope on which you wish to plant. This will be necessary to help the seed "stick" and not get washed away. Do this with a power rototiller if the slope is gentle enough, or with a pick and shovel and a lot of elbow grease if the slope is too steep.
Apply a lawn starter fertiliser to the soil and mix it in thoroughly with the rototiller. Smooth out the surface of the soil with a rake, and apply a liberal amount of water to it.
Spread the grass seed using a broadcast spreader. Consult with a professional at the nursery on the rate at which to spread the kind of seed you purchased.
Apply water to the seed and soil with a fine mist so that you don't wash away any of the seed.
Roll out the straw mats to cover the seeded area completely. Stake them down as needed using landscaping stakes driven in with a sledgehammer. You can now apply water as you normally would to any lawn without fear of losing your seed.
Keep the mats moist for 2 weeks, watering once daily after that for another 2 weeks. Check the grass seedlings, and once they are 2 inches tall, you can remove the straw mats.
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