The Best Way to Plant Grass Seed


Planting grass seed has a reputation for being difficult and arduous, but many people prefer it to sod because it is more economical. With so many different types of grass seed available, it should be easy to find the right one for your yard. As long as you choose the seed that fits your needs best, you should be successful at growing a lush and green lawn. However, keep in mind that plant seed is more time consuming than laying sod, and it will require some care to establish itself.

Step 1

Prepare the surface for seeding by loosening the top 2 to 4 inches of soil using a rototiller. Rocks and other debris also should be removed from the area.

Step 2

Choose a grass seed for your lawn. When choosing, consider the climate you live in, how much sun and shade you have in your yard and how you will be using your yard.

Step 3

Apply a high-nitrogen grass-starting fertilizer to the area where you will be planting grass seed. Try a 1-2-1 fertilizer.

Step 4

Spread the grass seed on the entire surface where you want the lawn to grow. You can spread the seed by hand, or use a seed spreader or hand caster for more even results or to speed up the process. Check the grass seed label to see how much seed you need to apply for your square footage.

Step 5

Rake the surface level of the seeded soil so to help prevent them from spreading or being blown away.

Step 6

Roll the soil with a lawn roller to push the seeds into the soil and help ensure they will take root.

Step 7

Water the newly laid seed so it can sprout and begin to take root. It's best to water new grass seed two or three times a day for two or three weeks. Lightly spray the entire surface, but be careful not to overwater the seed. The surface should be kept moist. If is it allowed to dry out, the grass can die or it may never sprout.

Things You'll Need

  • Rototiller
  • High-nitrogen starter fertilizer
  • Seed spreader or hand caster, if desired
  • Rake
  • Lawn roller
  • Water


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About this Author

Meghan McMahon lives in the Chicago suburbs, where she spent six years as a newspaper journalist before becoming a part-time freelance writer and editor and full-time mother. She received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Eastern Illinois University in 2000 and has written for "The Daily Southtown" and "The Naperville Sun" in suburban Chicago.