How to Grow Grass Seed & Cover With Sheets


Seeding a new lawn lets you choose the kind of grass you use to decorate your landscape. It also keeps the dust down around home, which reduces the effects on people with allergies. Starting grass seed doesn't require very much work, and there are techniques you can use to speed the growth of your new lawn. Using white bedsheets to cover the grass seed works like a sort of greenhouse for the sown area and allows the grass to grow quicker and greener.

Step 1

Measure an area in your yard equal to the measurements of a California King-sized bed sheet. The measurement is ordinarily 8 feet by 8 feet.

Step 2

Prepare the ground for sowing a lawn by breaking apart the top 2 inches with a garden hoe. Chop up the large chunks of ground to make the ground smooth.

Step 3

Introduce approximately 20 lb. of potting soil and 20 lb. of peat moss to the freshly turned earth. Mix the ground into the peat and potting soil, mixing thoroughly to create a smooth planting surface for the grass seed.

Step 4

Scatter the grass seed over the entire surface of the treated ground. Use about 2 lb. to 3 lb. of grass seed for an 8 foot by 8 foot lawn plot.

Step 5

Hammer a tent stake into the ground at each corner of the 8 foot by 8 foot lawn plot.

Step 6

Spray water over the entire surface of the lawn plot, flooding the seeded area. Use about 10 gallons of water for the area.

Step 7

Snap the fitted corners of a fitted white sheet over each of the anchored tent stakes. Make sure to use a King- or California King-sized sheet. The sheet should suspend from 2 inches to 4 inches above the seeded lawn.

Things You'll Need

  • Potting soil
  • Peat moss
  • Grass seed
  • Garden hoe
  • Tent stakes (4)
  • Rubber mallet
  • Fitted white sheet (California King-sized)


  • University of Illinois: Lawns
  • Colorado State: Lawn Care
Keywords: white sheet greenhouse, grass seeding, planting a lawn

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