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Question: I have put about 80.00 worth of grass seed and it still wont grow.

Answer: How disappointing! Here's how to successfully seed a new lawn:
Soil preparation is important to growing a healthy turf: Remove all debris and large rocks. Establish rough grade. Add soil amendments. Till in the amendments at least 4 to 6 inches deep, but 6-8 is better. Rake and level the surface. When sowing seed, divide the seed in 2 equal lots. Spread the first lot in one direction; spread the 2nd lot in the opposite direction. This criss-cross pattern ensures more even coverage. After spreading, lightly rake the area. Go over it with a roller half filled with water. Spread no more than a 1/4 inch of peat moss over the top of the seeds to help retain moisture. Water to soak the soil 6 inches deep. Then water up to 3 or 4 times per day, 5-10 minutes each time to keep everything moist while germinating. After several weeks, cut back to once a day. Grass seed should sprout in 7-10 days. Good luck with your lawn!

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