Grass & Grass Seed
How to Plant Grass Seeds in Your New Lawn
Learn what to do before and after you seed to help your seedlings get off to a good start.
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1. When you're seeding a new lawn from scratch, the ground should be worked until the soil clumps are near marble size or smaller. Avoid over-tilling because powder-like soil tends to harden when it gets wet and forms a crust on the surface.
2. Leveling should be done as needed. Generally with a garden rake. Once leveled, you should remove any stones that remain.
3. Next, you apply the Scotts® seed of your choice with any Scotts® spreader at the setting noted on the seed package.
4. Once you're done seeding, make sure you apply Scotts® Starter Fertilizer. This will help your seedlings get off to a fast, healthy start.
5. To settle in the seed, the area can be gone over with a roller. Another option is to go over the area lightly with the back of the leaf rake.
6. The seeded area should be watered regularly with a light spray so that the top inch of soil does not dry out. This may require watering several times a day.
7. Once the seed has sprouted, it is important to continue watering until the grass plants are firmly established. Otherwise, the tiny delicate seedlings will die.
8. Six to eight weeks later, you should apply Scotts® Fertilizer and you'll be well on your way to a thick, green lawn.