How to Grow Grasses


There are infinite varieties of grass suitable for household lawns, landscaping and sports arena turf. The type of grass you choose to grow should conform to your local environment and fit your needs. For example, buffalo grass is often chosen for its luxurious appearance but would not hold up on a sports field. St. Augustine grass, on the other hand, does well in areas with heavy foot traffic. With the right care, growing grasses can be a worthwhile project.

Step 1

Choose the right type of grass. Talk to your local nursery about what type of grass best fits your needs and environment. St. Augustine, Bermuda and buffalo grass are all common lawn varieties.

Step 2

Prepare the soil. Be sure the planting area is on the same level and spread dirt around evenly as needed. Use your rototiller to mix compost into the soil.

Step 3

Pull any weeds that have been tilled up. This is important to give your new grass a fighting chance.

Step 4

Fertilize the soil. Before planting your grass, spread a fertilizer specially formulated for your type of grass (lawn, turf) evenly throughout the dirt. Follow the directions on the label exactly so as not to burn the roots of your new grass. Once established, continue to fertilize your grass once every one to two months.

Step 5

Water your lawn thoroughly. Planting grass plugs is less work when the soil is moist and easy to work with. After fully soaking, let the soil dry for 24 hours before planting.

Step 6

Plant the plugs. In a checkerboard pattern, make indentations in the soil large enough to fit each plug. Gently spread the roots and place each plug into a hole. Cover the roots with soil and use your hand to pat the soil and eliminate any air pockets.

Step 7

Water newly planted plugs. Fully soak the ground around the plugs to give them a good start. Continue to water your new grass every two or three days to maintain root moisture. After heavy rains, let the soil dry partially before returning to your normal watering schedule.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Plugs
  • Fertilizer
  • Rototiller


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About this Author

Kelsey Erin Shipman has worked as a travel writer, poet, journalist and award-winning photographer since 2004. She is a featured poet on NYC public radio, is the winner of the San Jacinto & Alethean Literary Societies' Poetry Award, and has authored three collections of poetry including "cold days," "bastante" and "short poems." She earned a B.A. in philosophy from Southwestern University.