Planting a lawn from seed - Knowledgebase Question

Sherwood, Or
Question by alanandkrist
August 18, 2010
We are having difficulty planting a lawn from seed. We have re-seeded three times now, but the grass is only growing in patches. A couple of areas look great, but others are completely bare. We followed all of the directions on the JB lawn seed bag: putting down a starter fertilizer, lime, seed and then peat moss. We lightly water twice a day on warm, sunny days. What are we doing wrong?


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Answer from NGA
August 18, 2010

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Fresh grass seed should germinate in 7-10 days if kept moist. You may be allowing the seeds to dry out if you only water twice a day during the summer months. You'll need to water often enough to keep the seeds moist and that might mean every 3-4 hours each day for about a week. I think you'll have more success if you wait until this fall when the weather is cooler and rainfall more abundant. With frequent rains the seeds will remain moist enough to germinate and grow. Covering the newly broadcast seeds with a thin layer of compost or peat moss will also help keep the seeds moist so give this a try the next time you broadcast your seeds. Once the seeds germinate and the roots penetrate the soil you won't need to keep the lawn quite so wet. Hope this information helps!

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