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