Seeding your own lawn is best done in the spring or fall, and is less expensive then sodding. It can be a rewarding experience, but requires patience and careful preparation to protect the planted grass seed. To achieve a lush, healthy, green lawn, there are some key tips to keep in mind when planting lawn seeds.
Use a till to dishevel the top two inches of the soil where you are going to plant the lawn seed. You want to loosen up the soil in order to find any objects that can get in the way of growing an even lawn. This includes rocks, broken roots, any weeds and dirt clods. Use a rake to even up the soil once you have finished loosening it up.
Use your hands to layer the grass seed over the soil. Start at one end of the lawn, and carefully work your way from one end to the other. Once finished, start on the opposite side and layer the grass seed one more time evenly. Rake over the seed lightly to distribute it evenly into the soil.
Protect the planted lawn seed. This is the most important part of the process. Use two types of protection: straw and peat moss. Straw will help protect the seed from birds and being blown away, while peat moss will provide added insulation. Layer about 1/2 inch of straw and peat moss.
Water the lawn immediately after layering the protection. Let the water seep into the ground for about 10 minutes, in order for it to penetrate about six inches. Make sure the water doesn't puddle. Water the grass this way twice a day, the morning and afternoon. The lawn seed should germinate within two weeks.