How to Successfully Plant Grass Seed


Seeding your own lawn is a rewarding experience that is less expensive then sodding, but which requires more patience and preparation. The key to successfully planting grass seed on your lawn is to protect the seed after it is planted so you ensure a lush, healthy, green lawn. The best time to seed is in spring or fall.

Step 1

Till the top two inches of the soil in your yard to prepare it for the grass seed. Discard any large rocks, weeds, dirt clods or broken roots. Rake over the dirt when finished to even it out.

Step 2

Layer the grass seed over your lawn with your hands as evenly as possible, starting from one end and working your way across. Rake over the grass seed lightly to distribute it evenly into the soil.

Step 3

Layer about a 1/2 inch of protection over the grass seeds, such as wood chips, straw or peat moss after the seed is planted. This protection is very important as it will help keep away foraging birds or animals, as well as prevent strong winds from blowing seeds away, so as much of the grass seed can germinate as possible.

Step 4

Water your lawn immediately after layering protection over the seeds. You need to ensure that the water penetrates the ground at least six inches. Water the ground for about five minutes, then turn it off to make sure it doesn't puddle and wash away the grass seed. Wait 10 minutes and then water for an additional five minutes. Water the grass twice a day in this manner, in the morning and afternoon. You should see grass begin to sprout within two weeks.

Things You'll Need

  • Till
  • Rake
  • Grass seed
  • Peat moss, straw or wood chips
  • Water
  • Fertilizer


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