How to Seed a Lawn

The best time to seed a lawn is in early fall when the soil is warm and moist. 

Sow Seeds in Even Squares to Insure Coverage

Sow Seeds in Even Squares to Insure Coverage

Sow seed in squares to assure even coverage of seed.

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Sow seed in squares to assure even coverage of seed.

Step 1: Prepare the Ground

Lay the Groundwork

Lay the Groundwork

When seeding a lawn, prepare the ground. If hand sowing, divide the site into 3-ft squares with string or canes.

©2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

If hand sowing, divide the site into 3-ft (1-m) squares with string or canes. Stir the seed to mix evenly. Weigh out seed for 1 sq yd (1 sq m), following the directions on the package. Pour into a plastic cup, mark the level, and use it as your measure. As a guide, 1 oz (30 g) is roughly a handful.

Step 2: Scatter Seeds Evenly

Scatter Seeds

Scatter Seeds

When seeding a lawn, get even distribution by scattering half the seed over the square in one direction, and half at right angles to it.

©2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

For even distribution, scatter half the seed over the square in one direction, and half at right angles to it. Use the same crisscross method if sowing by machine. Repeat for each square. When all the seed is sown, remove the strings or canes.

Step 3: Lightly Rake

Lightly Rake

Lightly Rake

When seeding a lawn, seedlings should appear within 14 days. Water regularly and on first mow, set the mower on high.

©2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Seedlings should appear within 14 days. Water regularly. Mow for the first time, on a high setting, when seedlings have reached 2 in (5 cm). For fall-sown lawns, maintain this height until growth slows. The following spring you can gradually lower the blade height.

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