Growing grass from seed? Whether you’re spot seeding or growing a new lawn from scratch, before you read our seeding tips, be sure you check out our Sod Vs. Seed page to see if seeding is really the best method for your lawn. If you don’t have the time or experience in growing grass seed, sod just may be the time-saving and cost-effective choice for you.
That’s because successful seedling development is a science and depends on a number of factors including: timing of planting, soil type, pH, moisture, fertility, seed quality, seed variety, planting method, weed competition and control. Whatever type of grass seeding you’re doing, for a lush and full lawn, be sure to follow these nine seeding tips below!
1. Test Your Soil
Before you start, be sure to first test your soil to determine your soil’s pH and nutrient needs.
2. Weed Control
Annual weeds are controlled when the soil is tilled. Perennial weeds can be controlled with a post-emergence herbicide. Be sure to read the label on any pre-emergent weed control product, as many cannot be used with new seedings.
3. Remove Rocks & Other Debris
Remove any material larger than 1/2 inch in size. Large concentrations of buried organic material can support fungal growth such as “fairy ring”.
4. Apply Fertilizer
Apply starter fertilizer as recommended from the soil test, as well as materials for pH adjustment if needed. Check out our page on fertilizer tips!
5. Till The Soil
Tilling works the fertilizer and pH control materials into the soil, helps new roots to grow, and makes it easier to smooth and level the planting area.
7. Apply Seed
The best time to seed cool season turfgrass is during August & September. Checkout the variety of grass seed we carry!
8. Rake & Roll
Use a seeder to plant, or broadcast the seed on the tilled soil and lightly rake in to incorporate the seed into the soil. Use a light roller to help ensure good seed to soil contact.
9. Water Your Seed
Seed must be kept moist by frequent, light watering until the new root system has developed.
10. Mow Your Grass
Mow as soon as the grass is high enough to cut; keep mower at its highest height and keep blades sharp.