Growing grass from seed in your lawn can be a tedious process. The seeds take anywhere from five to 21 days to germinate, which is a lot of time for something to go wrong. Torrential downpours pose a significant threat to newly seeded lawns. Heavy rain can wash away your entire lawn seed in a matter of minutes. A strong wind can blow the top layer of soil away and carry the seeds with it. Pre-germinating grass seed significantly closes the gap between seeding and germination. The seeds actually begin the germination process before they are planted.
Measure out a set amount of grass seed and place in a cloth bag. Submerge in water for two to four days. Each day remove the seeds for two to four hours to allow the seeds to dry a little. This prevents seed rot.
Spread the seeds out after the soaking process and allow them to partially dry. Look at the seeds. You should notice that they are swelled with the radicle barely visible--it will appear as a small white dot on the seed.
Mix the seeds with equal parts sand and leaf compost. Distribute the seeds at a rate of 6 to 10 lbs. per 1,000 square feet.
Water the soil and keep it consistently moist until your grass has reached 2 inches in height.