Grass Seed Planting in Central Ohio


According to Ohio State University, there are very few species of grasses that are adapted to Ohio's climate. Central Ohio falls inside USDA temperate zones 5 and 6, with winter lows that dip as low as -20 degrees F. The recommended grass species include bluegrass, perennial ryegrass and fescue. These winter-hardy grasses will thrive in Central Ohio lawns. Planting these types of grass as seed is not difficult.

Step 1

Break up the soil on your lawn to a depth of 8 inches with a rototiller. Spread soil amendments over the top and turn these amendments into the soil with your tiller. To lower the soil's pH, add sulfur. In areas where the soil's pH is low, add lime to raise the pH. Apply a nitrogen-rich fertilizer (20-0-0) at a rate of 2 lbs. per 1,000 square feet. Re-grade your lawn with a rake so that it slopes gently away from your home.

Step 2

Spread the seed with a broadcast spreader at a rate recommended by the seed manufacturer. Walk the spreader in sections covering your lawn in one direction. Apply a second layer of seed by walking your spreader in a path that is perpendicular to the first pattern that you walked.

Step 3

Water shallowly but frequently every day for up to three weeks until seeds germinate. The ground should remain saturated with water. Taper off your watering until you water once every seven days with no more than 1 inch of water each watering session.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not over-seed your plants. Doing so will cause the grass sprouts to choke one another out.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Topsoil
  • Compost
  • Peat moss
  • Manure
  • Sulfur
  • Lime
  • Nitrogen fertilizer (10-0-0)
  • Rototiller
  • Broadcast Spreader
  • Garden hose
  • Sprinkler


  • Ohio State University: Turfgrass Species Selection
  • Great-Landscaping Ideas: Grass Seed and Landscaping
  • Ohio Department of Natural Resources: Soil
  • Grow It: OHIO USDA Hardiness Zone Map

Who Can Help

  • Ohio State University Extension: Perennial Warm Season Grasses For Ohio
Keywords: planting grass seed, growing Ohio grass, seeding Ohio lawns

About this Author

Tracy S. Morris has been a freelance writer since 2000. She has published two novels and numerous online articles. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers, including "Ferrets," "CatFancy," "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World."