How to Seed a Lawn in the Spring


Everyone wants a lush, green, healthy lawn on their landscape. Although seeding your lawn takes much patience and time to establish, it's less expensive then sod and requires a little less work. The key is to protect the grass seed after applying it during the spring season. The payoff is a lush, green lawn for the summer and fall.

Step 1

Rake up your unseeded lawn with a large rake or till in the early spring season. Loosen the soil up to 2 to 3 inches deep. Remove any clumps, rocks or dirt clods during this time. You want to make the surface level and smooth before spreading the grass seed.

Step 2

Sprinkle a mixture of compost and topsoil onto the ground. Add starter fertilizer if you desire. Sprinkle the grass seed on top of this. Sow half of the seeds in one direction, and the other half at a right angle to make sure you completely cover the ground surface. Use the rake or till to go over the seed again to distribute it evenly.

Step 3

Sprinkle a layer of about 1/3 to 1/4 thick of mulch, straw or peat moss on top of the seed to protect it.

Step 4

Water the newly seeded lawn generously with an irrigation system or sprinklers, making sure it soaks about 5 to 6 inches deep each time you water it for about two weeks, one to two times a day, depending on your climate and how dry it is. You want to keep them moist, but not create puddles. Cut watering back to once a day when the grass reaches about 1 inch in height.

Step 5

Fertilize the lawn six weeks after the grass germinates, following the instructions.

Step 6

Mow the lawn only when the grass sprouts reach about 3 inches tall to make sure they're sturdy and established. After it's been mowed three times, use regular watering schedule of 1 inch per week.

Things You'll Need

  • Rake or till
  • Grass seed
  • Water
  • Fertilizer
  • Mulch, straw or peat moss
  • Lawn mower


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Lauren Wise has more than eight years' experience as a writer, editor, copywriter and columnist. She specializes in food, wine, music and pop culture. Her writing has appeared in various magazines, including "Runway," "A2Z," "Scottsdale Luxury Living" and "True West." Wise holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Arizona State University.