How to Grow Grass by Seed


Every homeowner hopes for healthy, green, lush grass. This can be accomplished whether you are starting with a dirt yard or with bare patches throughout grass that's already established. Seed your lawn by planting grass seed in the spring to take advantage of the mild weather and extra moisture. Although growing grass by seed takes time and patience, it is the least expensive way to grow a healthy lawn. The key to seeding your lawn in the spring is to protect the seed after planting it.

Step 1

Mow your grass, if there is any present, with your lawn mower on the lowest setting. Discard any stones, weeds (pull them up first), or other debris that will keep the grass from growing.

Step 2

Loosen up the top 2 inches of soil with the till or rake. Discard any uprooted weeds, rocks, roots and other debris that you missed.

Step 3

Layer about 2 inches of topsoil on top of the tilled ground, along with a starter fertilizer. Using your hands, layer a generous amount of grass seed specific to your region and terrain. After seeding, rake lightly over the yard to distribute it into the soil.

Step 4

Layer about a half- to 1-inch of peat moss or straw over the grass seed to protect and insulate it.

Step 5

Water for about five minutes immediately after laying the protective layer. Wait ten minutes, then water for five minutes again. You want the water to soak into the ground about half a foot. Make sure the water doesn't puddle. Water in this method each day for two weeks, t hen start watering every three days when the grass reaches about 1 inch in height.

Step 6

Fertilize your lawn six weeks after the grass seed germinates. Follow the fertilizer directions, as they can vary depending on the grass variety.

Things You'll Need

  • Lawn mower
  • Rake or till
  • Topsoil
  • Starter fertilizer
  • Grass seed
  • Peat moss
  • Water
  • Fertilize


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Lauren Wise has more than eight years' experience as a writer, editor, copywriter and columnist. She specializes in food, wine, music and pop culture. Her writing has appeared in various magazines, including "Runway," "A2Z," "Scottsdale Luxury Living" and "True West." Wise holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Arizona State University.