Below is a simple outline of the planting grass seed process but for more detailed instructions, visit the Planting Grass Seed page.
- Clear any existing vegetation mechanically or with the aide of a non-selective herbicide.
- Incorporate organic soil amendments and grass fertilizer. Mix thoroughly with roto-till.
- Pick out remaining weeds, stones, sticks, old grass clumps, and other debris.
- Level grass seed bed to desired contour.
- Water seedbed thoroughly to settle soil and reveal low spots.
- Pull weeds brought up by watering and fill in exposed low spots.
- Rake the soil to create small grooves and the soil is now ready to plant grass seed.
- Apply grass seed with spreader or mechanical seeder; 1/2 in one direction and the other 1/2 in the other direction.
- Lightly rake in grass seed to insure good contact with seed bed.
- In dry, hot, or windy weather conditions, apply a thin layer of damp peat moss or compost.
- Lightly roll soil with a grass roller.
- Keep grass seedbed dark with moisture until grass seed germinates.
- A week after grass is fully germinated, pull weeds again.
- Mow for first time with sharp mower blades when grass blades are about two to three inches high.