How to Plant Grass on Your Lawn


Planting grass on your landscape is less expensive then sodding and requires less work and materials. It does, however, require more patience and attention to protecting the seed after it is planted. If you prepare the soil correctly and take care of the seed, you will be rewarded with a green, lush, healthy lawn. The best time to seed is in spring or fall.

Step 1

Loosen up the top 2 to 3 inches of the soil on the entire lawn with a till. Throw aside any broken roots, large rocks or weeds. After the soil is tilled, use a rake to smooth over the soil to make it more even.

Step 2

Spread the grass seed over the lawn with your hands as evenly as possible. Sprinkle the seed back and forth across the lawn to the other end. Then, start at the opposite side and layer it perpendicular across the lawn. Use the rake to smooth out the soil and integrate the seed into the ground.

Step 3

Layer peat moss or straw (or a combination of the two) over the grass seed after it is planted. The layer should be about 1/3 inch thick. This helps protect the grass seed from birds, strong winds, and overwatering. This protection part is very important so as much of the grass seed can germinate as possible. Peat moss provides insulation and straw provides more protection.

Step 4

Water your lawn immediately and thoroughly after layering the peat moss and/or straw. You want the water to permeate into the ground about 6 inches, so water it for around five minutes, then turn it off to make sure the water doesn't puddle. About 10 minutes later, water for an additional five minutes. For the next two weeks, water the grass seed two times a day in the morning and in the evening.

Things You'll Need

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


  • Planting Grass Seed
  • Protecting Grass Seed
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