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How to Drag Seed a Lawn

By Kelly Shetsky ; Updated September 21, 2017
Drag wood behind a tractor to cover grass seeds.
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Drag seeding a lawn enhances the germination rate. When you drag the seed, you're covering it up with soil and pushing it into holes in the ground. Seed needs direct contact with soil to sprout quickly. That, moisture and light are the three most important factors in seeding a lawn. No matter what type of grass seed you are planting and what climate you live in, dragging the seed will result in a lush, green lawn.

Till the planting area to a depth of 4 to 6 inches. Run a rototiller over the area evenly to loosen all the soil.

Rake the area to level it. Add topsoil to dips and low-lying spots until they are even. Dips will cause water to pool.

Sow grass seeds by hand or with a broadcast spreader. Follow the application rate specified on the seed package. Divide the plant seed in half and run it over the lawn twice, to ensure even coverage. The second run should be in a perpendicular direction from the first run.

Attach a piece of chain link fence or small fence post to a mower, tractor or four wheeler. Drive over the yard, dragging the fence behind. You can also use a frame made of 4-by-4 lumber or a weighted ladder. This will drag the dirt to cover the grass seed.

Water the soil daily to keep it moist. You may need to water it more often in dry weather. Feel it to determine when it needs water.

Mow the grass six months after planting the seeds. Keep it to the height specified by the grass type. Usually, 2 to 3 inches is ideal.


Things You Will Need

  • Rototiller
  • Topsoil
  • Broadcast spreader
  • Grass seed
  • Tractor or lawn mower
  • Fence post, chain link fence or 4-by-4 piece of wood

About the Author


Based in New York State, Kelly Shetsky started writing in 1999. She is a broadcast journalist-turned Director of Marketing and Public Relations and has experience researching, writing, producing and reporting. She writes for several websites, specializing in gardening, medical, health and fitness, entertainment and travel. Shetsky has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Marist College.