Herb Gardening Basics and Tips

How To Use Grass Seed To Get A Lush Lawn

It's usually necessary to add grass seed to your lawn throughout the growing season to keep the grass lush and thick. You can even grow a new lawn from seed, which is less expensive than installing sod. Here's how to use grass seed on your lawn to help the grass look healthy and attractive.

Choose The Right Seed

If you're adding seed to an existing lawn, then you'll want to find out what type of grass you have now. If you're starting with bare soil, then you'll need to choose the right type of grass for your property. You may want help from your county extension office or a local gardening supply shop when choosing the seed. You should take into account your local climate, the amount of shade or sun in your yard, the amount of foot traffic your yard has, and the growth rate of the grass.

Sow Seed In The Spring

You'll want to apply seed heavily in the spring so your yard gets off to a good start. You can buy seed mixed with fertilizer and spread them both at the same time. Coordinate this with applying herbicide so the herbicide doesn't interfere with the growth of the grass. If your yard has a lot of weeds, you may want to remove them manually before applying grass seed, but if your yard is mostly grass, then you may just add seed to the grass already present. When you want to add seed to your entire lawn, use a device for spreading the seed that you push or hand crank so the seeds are distributed evenly.

Fill In Bare Spots During The Summer

If bare spots develop in your lawn during the summer, you can fill them in any time by spreading grass seed in the area. You may want to add a layer of mulch over the seeds so they don't get washed away when you water the rest of your lawn. Once the grass has strong roots, you can remove the mulch and treat the new grass as you do the rest of your lawn.

Water And Fertilize The Grass Seed As Needed

The seeds need water and nutrients to grow into strong and healthy grass. Be careful about heavy watering as soon as you plant the seed or it could float away. However, you'll want to water and fertilize the seed according to the care label that comes with the type of seed you buy. You usually need to water new seeds more frequently and less deeply than you do grass that has taken root. It's also a good idea to keep kids and pets off of the new growth until the roots are anchored and the blades of grass are strong enough to handle foot traffic.