The Best Way to Plant Your Grass


The best way to plant your grass is to use grass seed. It is the least expensive and easiest method. First, though, you need to prepare the site for maximum growth. For instance, grass seed needs direct contact with loose, fertile soil in order to germinate. No matter what type of soil you have, you can achieve this and get the lush, green lawn you're craving.

Step 1

Clear weeds and other debris to prepare the planting area. Till the soil until the top 4 to 6 inches is loose. Break up soil clumps that are larger than 1 inch in diameter.

Step 2

Add topsoil so the ground is sloping away from structures such as houses and garages. This will ensure that moisture does not pool next to buildings. Also fill in dips and level the yard with a rake.

Step 3

Add compost and sand to enrich the soil. The compost makes it more fertile and the sand improves drainage. Spread an inch of each nutrient. Combine it with the top inch of local soil.

Step 4

Fertilize the area with a food high in phosphorus. Spread it by hand if it's a small yard, or use a broadcast spreader for large spaces.

Step 5

Spread an even amount of grass seed. Use a hand or mechanical spreader, depending on the size of the lawn. Use the back of a rake to cover the seed with a small amount of the amended soil.

Step 6

Keep the grass seed moist until the lawn is established. Set a sprinkler to the oscillating setting and let it run twice a day for 5 to 10 minutes. Stick to this schedule for 10 days. Once the grass sprouts, cut back on watering to once daily for 15 to 30 minutes.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't handle fertilizer unless you're wearing gloves. Don't use weed killer before or after planting grass seed because it can kill the seed.

Things You'll Need

  • Rototiller
  • Rake
  • Top soil
  • Sand
  • Compost
  • Fertilizer
  • Broadcast spreader
  • Mechanical or hand spreader
  • Sprinkler


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About this Author

Kelly Shetsky has been a broadcast journalist for more than 10 years, researching, writing, producing and reporting daily on many topics. In addition, she writes for several websites, specializing in medical, health and fitness, arts and entertainment, travel and business. Shetsky has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Marist College.