The Q&A Archives: Wanted: green grass (got dirtfield)

Question: This spring, I tilled up the yard and spread that Vigora stuff to start out with I guess to get the soil ready. So after a couple weeks, I spread Scott Pure Premium grass seed and watered it regularly every morning for about 20 minutes. I got almost nothing. patches of grass? Now what???

Answer: Usually, to prepare for seeding a lawn you would loosen the soil and add organic matter, grade and level it, rake it smooth to prepare a fine seedbed, then spread the seed (make sure it is fresh seed dated for this year), then lightly roll the area to assure good seed to soil contact, then sprinkle a light layer of straw over the surface to keep it slightly shaded, and water as needed to keep it evenly moist until the seed sprouts. Based on your description I am not sure where things went wrong for you. I would suggest you work with your county extension to run some basic soil tests and then if needed amend the soil as indicated by the test results, and also get their suggestions as to which type of grass variety will grow best in the soil type and growing conditions in your yard. They should also be able to help you troubleshoot the process. You might also want to look at a book or two on lawns. One I like because it is straightforward and includes step by step instructions on seeding is Lawn Care for Dummies. It is in many bookstores and libraries. I'm sorry it did not work well the first time.

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