You have just purchased a new home in a quiet subdivision but unfortunately the builder did not include landscaping. Until you make a decision about what type of landscaping you want for your yard, you decide to simply plant grass seed. The only problem that you have is that you are not experienced at how to plant grass seed. Therefore, you need some help and this article will provide you with a few basic steps on how to plant grass seed and have a beautiful lawn.
The first and most obvious step will be to purchase the grass seed. Do not skimp on this step but purchase the best quality grass seed that you can find. If you are not too sure on which type of grass seed is best for your lawn or area, you can either talk to a local landscaper or visit the National Turf Evaluation Program.
This NTEP program rates all of the different types of grass seed and provides you with important information about color, disease resistance, insect resistance, and drought tolerance. To have a great lawn will require an investment but the price of your grass seed will only be a small portion of the entire total. Choosing the right grass seed in the long run will actually save you money.
Your next step will be to prepare the soil. You can rent a rototiller and loosen up the top 3 inches of soil. Before you use your rototiller remove any stones, sticks, or debris from the area. The soil does not have to be tilled extremely fine and it is acceptable to have small clumps of dirt. Take the time to properly level your lawn so that you do not have any areas where water may accumulate. Never use a weed killer either before or after you plant the seed.
Your next step will be to actually plant the grass seed. It is best to use a mechanical seeder or lawn spreader but you can also do small areas by hand. The ratio is typically 16 grass seeds per square inch of lawn. You do not want to have the seeds too close together because this will cause a future war among the seedlings for nutrients and space to grow. Over seeding will make your lawn both thin and weak.
After you have applied the grass seed you can cover them with 1/4 inch of soil. You can also purchase a grass seed accelerator which will help to hold all of your seeds in place and retain important moisture. When it comes to moisture, it is important to water often. Watering often will help to promote seed germination. When you water, do not saturate the lawn but rather water lightly and frequently. Most grass seed beds require watering at least once a day.
The best time to plant grass seed is either in the fall or spring. Do not apply any weed control to your lawn until you have mowed the lawn for at least three times. Even though you may never have seeded a lawn before you will find it relatively easy and before too long you will have a beautiful new green carpet surrounding your brand-new home.