Answer: The best time to seed a lawn is in early fall, but early spring is the next best time. First you would run some basic soil tests to find out if you need to add lime or fertilizer and how much. To prepare to seed an entire lawn, remove the existing vegetation and loosen the soil six inches deep, work in any amendments such as lime or fertilizer, and also work in organic matter such as compost. Level the area and rake it smooth to form a seed bed. Spread the seed then roll it with a very light or empty lawn roller (do not fill it with water). Then top with a very thin layer of straw. Water as needed to keep the soil slightly damp until it germinates. When the grass is three inches tall, begin mowing. Cut it to a height of two inches. Mow often so that you never remove more than one third of the grass height at a time. Your local county extension can help you with the soil testing, interpreting the results, and recommending the needed amendments. They can also suggest specific grass varieties that do especially well in your local area. Good luck with your lawn this spring!
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