How to Prepare Dirt for Grass Seed


Starting and maintaining a lawn or grassy area in your yard provides you with a green environment and a place to relax on pleasant spring days. In order to grow grass in your yard, you must first prepare the dirt in which you are planting it. Preparing the ground for lawn growing doesn't require much time or effort, and in as little as two weeks, lush green grass will sprout from the ground.

Step 1

Choose the area in your yard in which you intend to plant the grass. Depending on your region, the amount of light the area receives makes a difference. For example, living in a dry, hot desert climate makes it harder to grow and maintain attractive grass, so a slightly shaded area will likely achieve better results.

Step 2

Turn the ground in the area using a hand tiller or a garden hoe. Make sure to dig down approximately 2 to 3 inches while turning the ground and break apart all of the larger chunks.

Step 3

Spread equal amounts of peat moss and potting soil over the surface, measuring approximately 1 pound per square foot.

Step 4

Use the rake to mix the turned earth with the soil and peat moss thoroughly. Mix it together, and rake back and forth across the area to assure that the ingredients have mixed into a light, fluffy soil. The fluffiness and lightness of the lawn soil ensures proper drainage for the grass.

Step 5

Fertilize the prepared soil if necessary. Some commercial potting and gardening soils come with fertilizers incorporated with the soil contents, especially if you choose a specially formulated soil for lawns.

Things You'll Need

  • Potting soil
  • Peat moss
  • Grass seed
  • Garden hoe (or tiller)
  • Garden rake


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