The Q&A Archives: Starting a Lawn from seed

Question: How do I began my a lawn from seed? I have already had my soil tested and I have the formula 10-10-10 to add to the soil. My grass type is burmuda. How do I prepare the soil with a tiller? And how do you determine what a 1000 square feet is? Should the ground be moist when I start? Thank You

Answer: To determine how large your lawn area is, measure two sides and multiply. For instance an area 10 feet long and 10 feet wide is 100 square feet. So, an area 20 feet long and 50 feet wide would be 1000 square feet. It is not a good idea to work wet soil but slightly damp soil can be worked.

The condition and type of the soil under the grass is the most important element to the overall health of your lawn. It was a good idea to have the soil tested before establishing your new lawn. The soil test report will indicate the type and amount of fertilizer to apply to your lawn. This fertilizer should be worked into the top four to six inches of your soil. Once you rototil in the fertilizer the soil will be ready to be raked smooth. After you've prepared the soil, you can broadcast your seed. Cover the seed with a thin layer of compost or peat moss to help the seeds stay moist. Water as often as necessary to keep the seeds from drying out. They should sprout within 7-10 days, depending upon weather. A thick, healthy lawn will shade and crowd out most weed seedlings so be sure to water and feed your new lawn on a regular basis. Enjoy your new lawn!

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