How to Fertilize & Plant Grass Seeds


A lush well-grown lawn will add appeal and value to your home, and it can be achieved with the proper grass seed for your growing region and some hard work. In no time, you will have a place for family gatherings your neighbors will envy.

How to Fertilize and Plant Grass Seeds

Step 1

Prepare the soil for panting. Roto-till the soil until it is loose and free of clumps. Remove large clumps with a pointed shovel. Till the soil until it turns easily in your hands. Spread a fertilizer across the entire surface to be planted using the walk-behind spreader. Fill the spreader with a 24-24-4 based starter fertilizer and open the controls. Walk in a line across the lawn, repeating in paths until the entire surface has been covered. Work this mixture into the soil using the roto-tiller.

Step 2

Lay grass seed using the spreader. Fill the spreader with the grass seed you have chosen specifically for your growing zone. Open the controls and walk in paths across the lawn area. Repeat this process, walking perpendicular to the original path taken. This cross-seeding allows for better germination of the seed.

Step 3

Water the entire seeded surface well. Continue to water daily, keeping the soil moist. Do not allow the soil to dry out or become too soggy. Both of these outcomes would damage the seeds and stop germination from taking place. Mow the grass with a sharp blade when the new sprouts are 4 to 5 inches tall. Do not place a weed-control product on the lawn until the sprouts are 6 weeks old. Continue daily watering, and fertilize with a water-based fertilizer once weekly. These water-based fertilizers attach to your hose making lawn-feeding a breeze. Enjoy your new lush lawn.

Things You'll Need

  • Roto-tiller
  • Pointed shovel
  • Starter fertilizer (24-24-4 based)
  • Walk-behind spreader
  • Grass seed
  • Hose
  • Water-based fertilizer


  • University of California: Establishing a Lawn from Seed
  • Backyard Gardener: Reseeding a Lawn
  • Scotts: Starter Fertilizer
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