How to Seed Your Lawn

Your lawn is an essential component of your home's curb appeal. Proper seeding can make the difference between a yard that is green and inviting, and a dry, patchy landscape that's nothing more than an eyesore. While seeding can be easy, it can be difficult knowing where and how to get started.

Whether you're replenishing an existing lawn for spring or starting a new one, follow these steps to ensure plush green grass for the season.

Step 1: Choosing the Right Seed

Before you purchase grass seed, it is important to know the type of grass that is native to your region. This information will help you find the right type of grass seed for your area. Cool season grasses like bent grass or rye grass, typically grow in the northern region and can tolerate cold temperatures. Southerners should invest in warm season grasses like Bermuda or carpet grass. These grasses are drought-resistant and tolerate heat. Identify how much grass seed you will need by reading the coverage chart listed on the label.

Step 2: Prepare the Area

To sow seed for a new lawn, be sure that the landscape is thoroughly tilled with light and leveled soil. If you need to overseed an existing lawn to help revive and thicken it up, start by mowing the grass to a low height. Then, using a rake or a dethatcher tool like the Troy-Bilt FLEX dethatcher attachment, remove any dead organic material. To prepare the soil for the most optimal growing conditions, use a high-grade starter fertilizer. Simply use a rake to work the fertilizer into the soil before seeding.

Step 3: Apply the Seed

Using either a broadcast or handheld seed spreader, evenly distribute the seed throughout the area. To ensure an even distribution, start by spreading in one direction, then going over the area again at a right angle. Once the seed is applied, comb through the area with a rake to work the seed into the soil.

Step 4: Maintenance and Care

A lawn is only as good as the soil that it grows in; don't let your growing efforts go to waste by planting in undernourished soil. The results of a soil test can help you nourish your soil before you begin seeding. Growing grass requires moist soil, so water sowed seed once daily. Also, refrain from the use of weed preventer products until the grass has stabilized and been mowed at least three times.