How-To: Seeding a Lawn
Use this step-by-step guide to sow seed in your yard in early fall –– the best time for warm, moist soil conditions.
- spade or fork
- all-purpose granular fertilizer
- lawn seed (to cover each square yard of area)
- paper cup
- measuring tape
- watering can or garden hose
- bird-proof netting
Step 1: Prepare the Site
Before sowing, remove weeds and add a layer of fertilizer. Weigh out seed for a square yard, and pour into a paper cup. Mark where seed reaches.
Step 2: Measure the Amount of Grass Seed Needed
Rake soil level, and remove any rocks. Mark out a square yard using canes or string, then measure out the right amount of grass seed using the marked paper cup.
Step 3: Scatter the Seeds
Scatter half the seed in the cup over the marked area in one direction and the other half at a right angle. Set out the next square, and repeat the sowing process.
Step 4: Rake the Seed Into the Soil
Rake the seed into the soil to cover it. Water with a can fitted with a rose, or spray lightly with a hose. Cover the area with bird-proof netting. The seedlings should appear within 14 days. Water regularly.