Planting Grass Seed: Step-by-Step Instructions Part 1

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Having a lawn that rivals the look of a professional golf course is not as hard as you think. All it takes is knowing what to do and when. Below is a step-by-step guide on how to turn your tired old lawn into a beautiful, lush lawn that’ll be the envy of the neighborhood.

When is the Best Time to Plant Your New Lawn?

The best time to plant a new lawn is in the fall. Planting grass seed in the fall allows the grass seeds to thrive in a cooler climate. The hot summer months tend to dry out the seeds before they can properly germinate. Also, the new grass seeds won’t have to compete with lawn weeds for nutrients since weeds start to die off with the change in season. Seeding is as easy as 1-2-3: (1) Prepare the soil, (2) Plant the grass seeds, and (3) Water. That’s it.

Tools You’ll Need For Seeding a Lawn:
(Click on the images below for more information on each tool)

Long Handle Digging Shovel

Digging Shovel

Rotating Tiller

Rotating Tiller

Wheelbarrow

Wheelbarrow

Walk Behind Broadcast Spreader

Spreader

Steel Garden Rake

Steel Rake

Handheld Spreader/Seeder

Seeder

Leaf Rake

Leaf Rake

Oscillating Sprinkler

Sprinkler

Don’t go about your grass seeding project haphazardly. You want to take the time to do it right the first time. It will be worth it.

Step 1: Removing the Old Lawn

Seeding a lawn starts with getting the soil ready. To do it right, you will need to remove the old lawn. Sounds like a lot of work? Yeah, but trust me, it’s necessary. To get the BEST looking lawn, you don’t want to mix the old with the new. Besides, why go through all that work if you’re just going to get an okay-looking lawn? Taking your old lawn off is just a matter of renting a sod cutter from your local home improvement store. By doing so, you start off with a clean slate. Then, you create the ideal environment for the grass seeds to germinate and grow.

Step 2: Turn the Soil

Turn the Soil

Breaking Up the Soil

Once you’ve removed the old lawn, use a rotary tiller to turn/break up the soil. Why is it necessary to break up the soil? Well, compacted soil hinders water and air distribution throughout the soil. And if water and air cannot get to the plant roots, your grass will not grow as well it should. Just as we need air and water to survive, so do our lawns. Aerating the lawn allows air and water to freely flow and your lawn will thank you for it.


Step 3: Make Sure the Soil has the Correct pH Level

Test your soil for its pH level (acidity and alkalinity) with a Soil Test Kit. The ideal soil pH should be between 6.0 to 7.5 (on a scale of 0-14, with 7 being neutral). If the pH is 6 or lower, your soil is too acidic. To bring the pH up to the correct level, spread some Garden Lime. If the pH is 8 or higher, the soil is too alkaline, so you’ll need to apply fertilizer that contains Sulfur to bring the pH down. See Step #6 for more details.

Steps 4-6: Planting Grass Seed: Step-by-Step Instructions Part 2

Steps 7-9: Planting Grass Seed: Step-by-Step Instructions Part 3

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