Starting a new lawn can be challenging if proper practices are not followed. Planting good quality grass seed, such as Kentucky Bluegrass, will give you a better chance of enjoying a lush, green lawn. The best time to grow grass from seed is in either the spring or fall. When planting in the spring, wait to apply weed control to your new lawn until you have mowed it at least twice. If you decide to plant in the fall, make sure you allow for six to eight weeks of growth before freezing temperatures set in.
Prepare your soil by raking it smooth and removing all large rocks and sticks. Break apart any big soil clumps you find.
Buy a fertilizer which is high in phosphorous but does not contain weed control. Apply it by pouring the fertilizer into your broadcast spreader and setting the spread speed according to the manufacturer's directions on the bag. Push the broadcast spreader back and forth over your entire yard to spread the fertilizer.
Remove any extra fertilizer from your broadcast spreader and pour in your grass seed. Set the spread speed to the manufacturer's directions on the bag. Push the broadcast spreader back and forth over your entire yard to dispense the grass seed into the soil.
Rake the seeds lightly into the soil. Some seeds will be buried but some seeds will still be visible on the soil surface.
Push an empty lawn roller back and forth over your entire lawn. This will help your seeds achieve good soil contact.
Apply a 1/8-inch layer of straw over your entire yard. Although this is not necessary, it will help retain moisture and prevent your seeds from washing away.
Water your seeds lightly twice per day for the next three to four weeks. Do not allow your soil to dry out. Germination should take place in approximately one to two weeks.