How to Plant Grass Seeds in the Spring


Planting grass seed in the spring is an ideal way to get a full, green, healthy lawn. It takes some time and preparation, but planting your own grass seed is less expensive than laying down sod or paying someone else to do the planting. The key is to keep the grass seed protected until it is strong and established.

Step 1

Use a till to loosen up the soil on the lawn before planting the grass seed. You want the soil to get raked up about 2 inches deep, removing any rocks or roots in the process. Make the surface as even and smooth as possible.

Step 2

Lay a mixture of topsoil over the seeding area about 1/2 inch thick, then sprinkle a starter fertilizer over this. Next, sprinkle grass seed over the top of all this area. Use the rake to go over the seed again to distribute it evenly.

Step 3

Layer straw 1/4 inch thick over the grass seed to protect it.

Step 4

Use an irrigation or sprinkler system to water the newly seeded lawn, soaking into the ground at least 5 inches deep. Do this twice a day for 2 weeks; more if you live in a very dry or hot area. You want to keep them moist, but not create puddles. Reduce the watering to once a day when the grass gets to be around 1 inch tall.

Step 5

Fertilize the lawn 5-6 weeks after the grass seed sprouts, following the instructions on the type of fertilizer you are using. The type of fertilizer depends on your region and the type of grass seed you used.

Things You'll Need

  • Till
  • Grass seed
  • Water
  • Topsoil
  • Fertilizer
  • Rake
  • Straw
  • Lawn mower


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  • Planting Grass Seed in Spring
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