Tools Needed to Plant Grass Seed

Whether you have a small yard or many acres, if you desire to plant grass seeds, there are few basic tools needed to successfully complete the task. Planting grass seeds is one of the simplest gardening tasks that homeowners can undertake, and once the seeds begin to sprout, it is also one of the most rewarding.


Spreaders come in two varieties: a hand caster and a wheeled spreader. A hand caster is ideal for spreading seed in a small area. A wheeled spreader casts grass seeds by pushing the tool across a designated area. Wheeled spreaders are good for large yards and provide the quickest way to spread grass seed. As an alternative to using either a hand caster or a wheeled spreader, grass seed can also be cast manually by hand.

Landscape Rake

A landscape rake is used to lightly rake the seeds into the soil once they have been spread. Landscape rakes are designed with a wide head especially for the purpose of spreading.

Lawn Roller

A lawn roller is used to roll the grass seeds, allowing them to make good soil contact for germination. Be sure the lawn roller is empty of water before rolling the seeds. (An empty lawn roller is lighter to maneuver.)

Garden Hose with Nozzle

Use a garden hose, with a nozzle in the mist setting, to water the grass seeds at least two times a day for the first three to four weeks after planting the seeds. It is important to only lightly water the grass seeds, as over-watering may lead to pooling in some areas or even cause some seeds to be washed away and create uneven growth in some areas of the lawn.

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