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How to Plant Grass Seed in the Early Spring

By Steven White ; Updated September 21, 2017
Healthy lawns require the proper care.
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The snow is finally melting and grass blades are peeking through the remaining patches; spring has arrived. The wet, nutrient-rich environment created by melting snow is optimal for plant growth. For those who want a rich summer lawn, there is no better time to refresh its cover than early spring. When planting early spring grass seed, keep the following tips in mind to get a lush, green summer lawn.

Test your soil's pH. If the pH is between 6 and 7, then it is perfect for grass. If the pH is lower than 6, add some lime to the soils. Follow the manufacturer's recommended application amounts, because they vary from company to company. Lime is a fine dust, so always wear a mask when working with lime. Till the lime into the soil until it is completely integrated.

Add some compost to the soil at a rate of 30 pounds per 1,000 square feet. Till the compost into the soil until it is well-integrated.

Place half of the grass seed into a seed disperser and disperse it around the yard. Place the other half into the disperser and disperse going perpendicular to your previous lines.

Fill the disperser with pre-emergent fertilizer and disperse it around the entire yard.

Drag a rake gently across the surface of the yard to slightly bury the seeds in the soil.

Roll the entire yard with a water roller to encourage greater seed-to-soil contact.

Water the yard with a pre-designed irrigation system and maintain a wet yard until the grass emerges.


Things You Will Need

  • Soil pH test
  • Lime
  • Mask
  • Till
  • Compost
  • Grass seed
  • Seed disperser
  • Pre-emergent fertilizer
  • Rake
  • Water roller
  • Water

About the Author


Steven White is a privately contracted software engineer and efficiency analyst. He has more than five years of experience providing technical support for AT&T broadband customers. Along with his technology background, White enjoys carpentry and plumbing.