What Is the Easiest Way to Plant Grass?


A lush grass lawn can be an attractive ground cover. It can be quickly started in any bare patch of soil. Plant your grass lawn by seeding it, which the University of Florida says is the easiest and most economical way to start a grass lawn. Within a few months, you'll enjoy a green expanse that you and your family can enjoy for years with the proper maintenance.

Step 1

Clear the area in which you wish to plant the grass. Remove all existing vegetation, rocks and debris with standard garden tools like a rake.

Step 2

Break up the ground to prepare it for seeding. If its a small patch, you can use a hand-held tool like a spade. For larger areas, use a mechanical rototiller and drive the rototiller across the bare soil to break it up. If you don't own one, such machines can often be rented from a hardware store or garden nursery.

Step 3

Plant the grass seed. Scatter the seeds by hand, or by using a drop or rotary seeder. Spread the seed at the rate noted on the grass seed bag label, as every seed bag has varying concentrations of grass. Typically, you'll want approximately three seeds in every square inch of soil.

Step 4

Drag your garden rake over the seeded soil to lightly cover the seeds with dirt.

Step 5

Fertilize the planted seeds with a lawn starter fertilizer, designed to boost your soil's nutrient levels for optimum seed germination. Administer according to the fertilizer's level, as potency varies widely by product. Consider using a lawn starter fertilizer with built-in herbicides to keep weeds at bay.

Step 6

Water the seeded area so that the top inch of dirt is moist. Don't let the soil dry out. You may need to water three times a day or more, depending on your area's climate. The seeds will germinate within two weeks.

Tips and Warnings

  • Not all grass species are alike. For best growing results, consult a nursery specialists or a lawn expert at a local university to find what grass species grow well in your area.

Things You'll Need

  • Rake
  • Spade
  • Rototiller
  • Grass seed
  • Drop or rotary seeder (optional)


  • "The Lawn Bible: How to Keep It Green, Groomed and Growing Every Season of the Year;" David Mellor; 2003
  • University of Florida: Seeding Your Lawn
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About this Author

Josh Duvauchelle is an editor and journalist with more than 10 years' experience. His work has appeared in various magazines, including "Honolulu Magazine," which has more paid subscribers than any other magazine in Hawaii. He graduated with honors from Trinity Western University, holding a Bachelor of Arts in professional communications, and earned a certificate in applied leadership and public affairs from the Laurentian Leadership Centre.