How to Plant Lawn Seed
If your lawn has dead patches, or even if you're starting a lawn from scratch, Eric Stromer will help you grow a healthy new area of grass from seed. Without proper soil preparations before you spread the grass seed, all of the effort you put into planting a new lawn could end up being wasted. From digging through old thatch and weeds to mowing tips, Eric's trade secrets have your new lawn covered.
Step 1: Prep Area
You have to dig down into the area about 2 to 3 inches and get rid of that compacted dirt, dead grass and thatch which lead to your problems in the first place. It's a bit of work but is the only way new grass will be able to grow.
Step 2: Top Dressing
Take your bag(s) of top dressing and pour over the area then rake into place.
Step 3: If You Spread it will Grow
If the area is small enough you can evenly hand sprinkle the grass seed but for larger areas you will want to use a seed spreader. If you spread the grass evenly it will grow evenly.
Step 4: Fertilize It
Add a layer of topper that has fertilizer in it. Use a fertilizer that has nitrogen, phosphorous and potash in it.
Step 5: Keep it Moist
You have to keep the area constantly moist-- that means in the warmer months, water twice a day until you see blades of grass about an inch high, then scale back watering to once a day for two weeks then reapply fertilizer.
Step 6: Don't Mow It
Resist the urge to mow your lawn for at least 6 weeks, the mower and your feet will damage the young grass.
Items You'll Need
- Top Dressing
- Grass Seed
- Topper with Fertilizer