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How to Lay Grass Seeds

By Cathy Conrad ; Updated September 21, 2017

Create a lawn similar to a golf course by planting grass seed. Grass seed is available in many varieties of grasses and is an economical way of producing a lush, green lawn. A few considerations should be kept in mind when planting grass seed; however, the process is simple and you will enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Till the lawn with a tiller to remove all weeds and grasses and to aerate or loosen the soil. Grass seeds germinate better when used with fresh, loose soil surrounding the seeds. Germination is very critical to a thick lawn. Make sure you plant the selected seeds according to planting time on the package directions as well.

Rake the loose soil to remove any debris from the soil and to roughen the surface of the soil. This is an important step because grass seed needs a small amount of soil covering the seeds.

Spread the grass seed with a spreader that is set by the manufacturer's suggested settings for the type of grass seed you are planting. Alternatively, you can spread the seed by hand if you prefer. Throw small amounts of grass seed in a sweeping arc in front of you if spreading by hand.

Use the rake and lightly cover the seeds with 1/8 to ΒΌ inch of soil. Do not plant the seeds too deeply, or they will not germinate.

Thoroughly soak burlap bags, and lay them over the seeded area with the bags overlapping. Place stakes into the ground at the corners of the bags and once in the middle of each overlapped bag. The bags will keep the seeds moist and prevent them from blowing in the wind. Wet the bags every day until you see green grass poking through them. At that time, gently remove the bags, and continue watering the seeds. Once the grass is approximately three inches tall, it is then ready to mow.


Things You Will Need

  • Grass seed
  • Tiller
  • Spreader
  • Rake
  • Burlap bags
  • Water hose
  • Sprinkler
  • Small metal garden stakes


About the Author


Cathy Conrad has more than five years of newsprint experience as an assistant editor and is a professional writer. She has worked as a virtual assistant and email support specialist, and has more than 20 years of experience working in the medical field. Conrad is currently licensed as a Texas insurance representative and has many years in home improvement and gardening.