Seeding a Lawn

Starting a lawn by seed is the least expensive method to get luscious green grass.

  1. When/Where to seed:
    • The best time to seed a lawn is spring and fall (or late summer). Be sure to seed after the last frost.
    • Be sure to not seed in soggy soil.
    • The type of seed needed will depend on foot traffic and sun exposure.
  2. Seeding:
    • Measuring: Be sure to measure the area needed to be covered before purchasing your seeds. The exact amount will depend on the variety of grass and the size needed to be seeded.
    • Preparation: Rake out debris and enrich the soil if needed with compost before seeding. Be sure to level any uneven areas prior to seeding if desired.
    • Method: weight the amount of seed in the package and divide the weight into the amount you need to spread per 1,000 sqf. Put ½ the amount needed per 1000 sqf in a drop spreader. Set the spreader to a low setting and walk around the area needed to be covered in rows, shutting off the spreading mechanism while turning between rows. Once empty, add in the other ½ of the amount needed for 1000 sqf to the drop spreader and repeat the previous step perpendicular to the first rows. Lightly rake the seed to cover it in the soil.
    • Maintenance: Water the seed generously after seeding and water multiple times per day to avoid allowing the seedlings to dry up. You may need to water two to four times per day. Once sprouting begins, gradually reduce watering frequency. Begin mowing when the grass reaches normal mowing height to thicken the lawn.
  3. Tips:
    • Fertilizing can be done before or after laying down the seeds and then again at 5 weeks and 9 weeks of age.
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