Tips for Seeding a Lawn

Seeding a lawn provides a yard with lush, healthy grass. The process of seeding is simple, but does require proper care and attention--and especially crucial is maintenance after seeding, in order to make sure that birds or animals do not forage the ground for the grass seeds.

Types of Seeds

Decide if you want to plant warm-season grass or cool-season grass. Determine what type of grass to plant in your yard depending on where you live; ask your local nursery. Cool-season grasses are best seeded in fall, because the cool temperatures help promote seed germination. Warm-season grasses are best planted in spring and summer.

Preparing the Ground and Soil

Prepare the land by loosening the top 2 1/2 inches of the soil with something like a garden tiller. Then use a hoe or rake to rake over the surface, evening it out and breaking up clumps of dirt while getting out rocks and pebbles. After you distribute the grass seed over the ground (according to the instructions for the type of seed), cover the seeds with straw so birds won't eat the seeds.

Caring for Seeded Lawn

Generously water the seeded parts of the lawn at least three times a day for about 15 minutes. Do this for about 2 weeks. When the grass seeds sprout, start watering just once a day. Don't mow any of the lawn until the seedlings are about 3 inches tall.

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