How to Plant Seeds in Florida


Soil conditions throughout the state of Florida have a tendency to be thin or fine, often covering stone, including limestone. For this reason, it is important to add a fertilizer mixture to the top soil when planting grass or flower seeds in Florida. Planting seeds in your Florida garden is a simple process that does not require specialized horticulture or gardening skills.

Step 1

Remove any sticks, twigs, leaves or debris from the area where you wish to plant your seeds. Be sure to throw away the debris, as leaving it to pile up on your lawn can cause grass or plants underneath to wither and die.

Step 2

Use a shovel or spade to uncover the soil in the area where you wish to plant.

Step 3

Break up any large clumps of dirt in your soil. Add the fertilizer or soil product to the lawn soil. For 1 square yard of yard soil, add 3 cups of fertilizer to the soil.

Step 4

Incorporate the soil mixture together with a shovel or spade.

Step 5

Sprinkle the seeds on top of the soil mixture.

Step 6

Water the newly seeded soil mixture. Place a small quantity of soil on top of the newly watered soil, about 2 inches.

Step 7

Water the newly seeded garden every other day for two weeks. After two weeks, scale back once a week.

Things You'll Need

  • Trash bag
  • Gardening gloves
  • Spade or shovel
  • Fertilizer (or soil mixture, available at any home and garden center)
  • Watering can
  • Water


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