Planting grass - Knowledgebase Question

west Chicago, Il
Question by jkarnes1
January 17, 2009
Explain how to plant grass?

Answer from NGA
January 17, 2009


Start by removing any debris in the area, then digging or tilling to help loosen the soil. I usually spread a layer of organic matter over the area and dig it in, then rake the area level. Broadcast your seed and then spread a thin layer of peat moss over the the planted area. The peat moss will help keep the seed bed from drying out too fast and it will decompose on its own so you won't need to remove it. In fact, as it decomposes it will release nutrients to the roots of your new lawn. You'll need to water often enough to keep the seed bed from drying out. Depending upon weather, you may have to water several times a day (every 3-4 hours if it's windy or the weather is hot). Once the seed has germinated and the blades are actively growing, you can reduce watering to twice a day (again, depending upon weather). Hope this information helps you get your new lawn off to a good start.

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