The Q&A Archives: planting grass seed

Question: When is the best time to plant grass seed for my area? Also , how do you go about doing it for best results?

Answer: Fall is a great time to plant grass seed. The underlying soil preparation steps for sod or seed are the same to insure a healthy turf: Remove all debris and large rocks. Establish rough grade at one inch below the sprinkler heads by filling in low spots and leveling high spots. 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 insures 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 mulch 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. Good luck with your lawn!

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