Tip #6: Lawn Seeding

PREPARATION – Work the soil to obtain a smooth and uniform grade. Scrape down high spots and fill in low spots. Starter Fertilizer and Lime should be applied and worked into the soil. DO NOT use a fertilizer with crabgrass or broadleaf weed control as this will kill new grass seedlings.

SEEDING – Choose a high quality grass seed of good purity. Avoid cheap seed mixes as you wil get poor results. A Turf Tall Fescue/Perennial Rye mix works best for most. A Bluegrass mix will give you a high quality lawn but needs the most upkeep.

INSTALLING – Spread the seed for uniform coverage using a spreader if possible. Follow the directions on the package for the correct rate for the mix you have chosen. Mix the seeds lighly into the top 1/4″ of soil by lightly dragging an inverted rake over the area. Avoid burying too deep. Mulching the area is highly recommended. This conserves moisture and reduces seed loss to washing and birds. Clean straw, peat moss, or the green seeding fiber give the best results. Apply a light even layer.

WATERING – Germination depends upon a continuous presence of light, moisture, and warmth. Water seeded areas immediately after seeding. Keep the soil moist at all times, especially when hot. An example would be watering at 10am, 2pm, and 4pm. I set up a sprinkler with a programmable timer when seeding. Taper off the watering after the seed has germinated and well established.

MOWING – Start mowing when the seed has grown to 3″. Be careful when moving a new lawn as the new grass is tender. Mow frequently to reduce weed competition.

FERTILIZING – Apply a good quality lawn fertilizer 4 weeks after seeding.