How to Plant Lawn Grass Seed


Lawn grass is the least expensive and most effective means of growing a lawn. Lawn grass blends are available at any garden center and are typically region-specific to ensure optimal adaptation. When starting a lawn from seed, the key factor is the ground's levelness. If the ground is not level and water can pool, then there is a risk of the seeds rotting. Prepare your yard and plant your grass seed the right way for a healthy, full lawn.

Step 1

Remove any debris from the yard such as sticks, rocks and trash.

Step 2

Till the soil to a depth of 3 inches to soften it for the seed's roots.

Step 3

Roll the yard with a half-filled water roller to level the ground.

Step 4

Review the grass seed packaging for specific amounts per square foot. Sprinkle the seed with a seed distributor. Plant the first half walking in rows and the second half walking in rows perpendicular to the first set.

Step 5

Sprinkle starter fertilizer onto the seeds, following the manufacturer's distribution guidelines.

Step 6

Lightly drag a rake over the yard to gently bury the seeds. The rake should not sink lower than 1/4 inch.

Step 7

Roll over the yard again to promote contact with the soil.

Step 8

Irrigate the yard. While the seeds are germinating, the yard must remain moist at all times. Watering four times a day, 1 inch at each watering, will achieve this goal. Once the seeds sprout, reduce the watering to once daily giving 2 inches of water. Once the yard is established, water it every two to three days with 3 inches of water.

Things You'll Need

  • Tiller
  • Water roller
  • Seed distributor
  • Starter fertilizer
  • Rake
  • Irrigation system


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Keywords: planting grass seed, seeding a yard, planting a lawn

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