Three Simple Steps to the Perfect Lawn
Level the ground to be planted for bare spots or new lawn seeding. Then till or rake lightly to loosen the top 2 to 3 inches of soil. Mow the lawn closely and rake out any debris when reseeding an established lawn. Then loosen the soil in bare or thin areas.
Apply grass seed evenly over the area with either a drop or rotary spreader. Cover the seed with dressing material, a maximum of 1/3 inch deep. No dressing material is necessary when reseeding an established lawn. Lightly rake and roll the surface area to assure good seed-to-soil contact.
Water immediately after planting, and keep the soil darkened with moisture until the grass is visible. Start watering deeply every three to five days or as needed, depending on the weather, when the grass is 1 to 2 inches high. Germination time under ideal soil temperatures varies from seven to 12 days. Begin an annual fertilizer program four to six weeks after planting.
Now enjoy watching the grass grow as you sip a cold beverage and fire up the barbecue. You are doing more than just planting a lawn you are creating a space where life-long memories will be made. Good job!