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How to Grow Grass Cheaply

By Jack S. Waverly ; Updated September 21, 2017

Having a good looking yard around your house is an aspiration of homeowners. One of the first steps in creating a good looking yard is to have a yard full of grass. You can grow grass using expensive methods, such as landscapers, chemicals, sod or any combination of products, but you can also grow grass cheaply. Growing grass cheaply can be as effective and efficient as other methods. The most important aspects are time and labor.

Open the bag of grass seed. Set the bag on the ground against a wall or tall object so it stands upright.

Open a bag of topsoil, and place the contents into the wheelbarrow. Use a claw rake to break up the soil until it is loose. Sift through the soil with your hand; if you can move the soil around easily the soil is loose enough to work with. Break up any clumps in the soil by hand. Fill a coffee cup with grass seed. Spread out the grass seed onto the soil in the wheelbarrow. Use the shovel to mix the seed and soil well. Fold the soil into itself similar to a kneading motion for bread. Examine the seeds as you go, picking out hulls and debris from the soil. Repeat this step for each bag of topsoil.

Use the claw rake to break up the existing ground where you need to plant grass. This will ensure the grass seeds will grow through the topsoil into the ground soil. Shovel the soil with the grass seed in it onto the area where you are planning to grow grass. Spread the soil in a thin layer over the ground. Aim for a 1-inch layer of soil over the existing ground.

Attach the sprinkler to the garden hose. Attach the garden hose to the water supply. Set the sprinkler in the center of the area where you have layered the soil-grass seed mixture. Water the soil daily for 14 days until the ground beneath the soil is wet. Avoid making puddles in the soil as this will drown the seeds.

Cut back on the watering when the grass germinates. Water two or three times per week after this depending on if you get rainy days while growing the grass. Continue watering until the grass is 2 inches high. Mow the grass with the blades set on the highest setting. This will help the grass fill in faster.


Things You Will Need

  • 5 lbs. grass seed
  • 2 or 3 medium (20 lb.) bags topsoil
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Claw rake
  • Coffee cup
  • Shovel
  • Sprinkler
  • Hose