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Quickest Way to Grow Grass

By Kate Carpenter ; Updated September 21, 2017
Healthy green grass surrounding your home is always appealing.
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Whether it is a brown patch in your lawn, or you need to plant an entire yard, you want the grass to grow fast. There are several methods to accomplish having a lush, green lawn quickly. No matter what method you chose, researching the type of grasses that will grow and survive well for your region can make the difference between success or disappointment.


Planting grass sod is planting live grass plants and is the fastest, quickest way to have a healthy lawn. Select a grass variety ideal for your climate and prepare the area where the sod will be laid. There is a variety of grass available that is suited for almost any landscape situation, from hot and dry, to shady and moist. Using sod to quickly have grass will be more expensive than starting grass from seed, particularly if you are planting a large area and must hire professionals.


Once you decide what variety of grass seed is optimal for your climate, choose seeds that have been processed into hydroseeds, as these germinate and grow the quickest. Hydroseeds are in a mixture of seeds, water, fertilizer and mulch to create a slurry that is then sprayed onto the soil with a hyrdoseeding machine. Before you sow your selected grass seed, prepare the soil. Grass grows best in loose, fertile and well-draining soil. Remove dead grass and weeds, and then use a rake to loosen and level the ground. If your soil is lacking in nutritional elements, now is the time to work in organic material, rotted manure or fertilizer supplements. Broadcast your grass seed variety over the area either by hand, using a seed speader or with a hydroseed sprayer. Water the newly planted area thoroughly. Continue to keep the area soil evenly moist while the grass seed is germinating, generally in two to three weeks. Do not over water are allow the area to become soggy, as this will delay and possible inhibit germination.


Sufficient watering grows a healthy lawn quickly and keeps your grass robust. Saturate the soil with water before laying sod. This helps the grass roots in the sod grow into the underlying soil making your grass plants stronger. Seed-planted grass should not be over watered, which promotes shallow, weak development, instead of deep root development.


Grass plants grow faster when they receive high nitrogen. Select a fertilizer that is formulated with 3 parts nitrogen, 1 part phosphorus and 2 parts potassium, such as 12-4-8. This formula will promote faster shoot development and give you a greener, thicker turf quickly.