How to Plant Grass & Prevent Weeds

Overview

One of the best ways to get a lush, green healthy lawn on your landscape is to plant the grass seed yourself. All it takes is some time, patience, and preparation. When planting grass, it is best to do it in the spring or fall season, which will be ideal weather to prevent weed growth in your newly seeded yard. The key thing to remember when planting grass seed is proper soil preparation and to provide the grass seed with insulation and coverage after, in order to deter weed growth.

Step 1

Use a till to loosen up the top 2 to 3 inches of soil on the ground where you are going to plant the grass seed. It is important to sift this soil around and remove anything that could be bad for the grass growth or encourage weeds. Discard or any stones, roots, dirt clods, weeds, etc. Run a rake over the whole area one more time to smooth it out after you have tilled the ground.

Step 2

Use your hands to sprinkle the grass seed all over the ground where you want it planted. Do this as evenly as possible by starting at one end of the lawn and sprinkling it back and forth to the other end. Use a rake after planting the seed to run it over the whole ground, integrating the seed into the soil and leveling out the area.

Step 3

Add a layer of insulation and protection over the grass seed. This includes peat moss, straw, mulch, hay, etc., which helps deter weeds, retain moisture and protect the seeds from birds.

Step 4

Water the grass seed immediately once complete, either with a sprinkler or irrigation system. Water it thoroughly for 10 minutes so a couple of inches of water can penetrate, then turn the water back on for another 7 to 10 minutes. Just make sure the water doesn't puddle; you want it to be soaked. From here on, water the grass seed two times a day for the first two weeks: once in the morning, then again in the afternoon.

Step 5

Watch for the grass seed to germinate within two weeks. At any point if you see weed growth, pull them up immediately by the roots and add more insulation covering.

Things You'll Need

  • Till
  • Grass seed
  • Rake
  • Peat moss, straw or mulch
  • Water

References

  • Lowes.com: Seeding a Lawn
  • Spring-green.com: Planting Grass Seed
Keywords: planting grass seed, lawn care, preventing lawn weeds

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