How To Plant Grass From Seed


Curb appeal starts with a killer lawn. Improving your lawn sometimes means starting back over with a new one. Whether you're looking to replace a whole worn lawn, patch a bare spot, or starting from scratch, the basics of planting from seed still apply. Start with a well-prepared area, seed, and protect for best result.

Steps for Planting Grass

Step 1

Choose the right grass seed for your area and climate zone. If you're patching an existing lawn and are not sure of the variety to match it, cut a 1-inch sample of sod and take it to a full-service garden center that provides landscaping. They should be able to help you at least find something comparable in color and texture.

Step 2

Till your yard using a rototiller, and remove weeds by hand. If you're patching a small space, using a hoe or a garden claw can get the same results.

Step 3

Rake your area evenly, smoothing out any bumps or grooves caused by the tiller. Now is the ideal time to define flower garden borders and edges along sidewalks or drives.

Step 4

Spread your seed, using a commercial spreader or just by hand. Follow the instructions available with the particular brand/variety of seed. Some types, like rye grasses, will germinate if left on top of the dirt while other types need to be lightly worked into the soil.

Step 5

Lay down about an inch of straw to keep the seeds from being washed away and to protect the seed from birds.

Step 6

Water your new lawn thoroughly with a light sprinkling each day until grass begins to sprout. Once the grass starts to grow, you can turn up the pressure more. Allow about 1 inch of water per week during hot months for best results.

Tips and Warnings

  • Avoid bargain seeds. They tend to have additives that are not needed. Spend the extra money on a quality seed from a brand you trust.

Things You'll Need

  • Grass seed
  • Tiller
  • Rake
  • Water
  • Straw


  • Choosing the Right Grass Seed
  • Methods for Planting Grass Seed

Who Can Help

  • Planting Grass Seed for a Lush, Green Lawn
Keywords: lawn care, growing grass from seed, re-seeding a lawn

About this Author

Bobbi Keffer attended Kent State University to study education but soon found her true love to be in the garden. She prides herself on her frugal skills reusing, recycling and reinventing her whimsical style in her home and garden.