How to Plant Grass Seed in Dry Conditions


Planting your own grass seed for your landscape can take time and patience, but is less expensive and laborious than sodding, especially if you live in dry conditions. Having a lush, green, healthy lawn should be attainable even in the driest of conditions; there are just a couple of factors to keep in mind when planting grass seed in these environments.

Step 1

Use a drought-tolerant grass seed that is suitable for use in unusually dry areas. This will produce a lawn that can stand up to dry conditions better than any other types of grass seed.

Step 2

Prep the soil. Water it down, rake it up and let it dry to give it all the same consistency before planting any grass seed.

Step 3

Loosen up the top three inches of the soil with a till, removing dirt, pebbles and roots. Break up dirt clods that are bigger than a silver dollar, and distribute that soil back to the ground. The point is to help even out the surface of the lawn.

Step 4

Spread topsoil over the ground, then layer on top of it starter fertilizer, which will help the grass grow much better in dry conditions.

Step 5

Sprinkle the grass seed on top of the soil, working from one end to the next. Next, go to the corner of your lawn and repeat the procedure, layering more grass seed over in an opposite direction. Use the rake to go over the seed again to distribute it evenly.

Step 6

Layer 1/3 inch of straw or peat moss over the planted grass seed to protect from excessive heat, wind, picking birds and other animals.

Step 7

Water the newly planted seed generously for about 20 minutes like this: Water for five minutes, wait one minute, water for five, and so on. This ensures that the water penetrates at least six inches deep to really soak the ground and seeds. Make sure no puddles form. Repeat this process once a day for two weeks. Reduce watering once a day when the grass reaches an inch in height.

Things You'll Need

  • Gardening gloves
  • Till
  • Rake
  • Grass seed
  • Topsoil
  • Starter fertilizer
  • Straw or peat moss


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