Gardening Basics

All you need to know about planting grass seeds

November 16, 2011

Planting grass seeds

A lawn looks great only if it comprises of thick and lush grass. Planting grasses is the primary factor of landscape gardening. Different types of grasses characterize different types of landscapes. While some of the cold weather-loving, permanent grasses that grow in the colder countries require more care, warm weather-loving grasses demand less care. You need to understand how well the landscape gets beautified due to well cultivated grasses and not allow wild grasses to grow all over the garden area. One of the reasons is the lack of knowledge on how to plant grass seeds. Another is that the whole process is cumbersome and time consuming.

Difficulty level:


Time required:

1 -2 hours

Resources required

  1. Grass seeds
  2. Two bags of top soil
  3. Wheel barrel
  4. Rake
  5. Shovel
  6. Water sprinkler
  7. Water hose
  8. Organic fertilizers


1. Prepare the soil and grass seed mixture

The primary work in grass seed plantation is preparing the soil and grass seed mix. Pour well fertilized soil into a wheel- barrel along with grass seeds. Remember to take four hundred grams of soil with every two hundred grams of grass seeds. Now, churn the wheel barrel to break down the lumps inside the soil so that a uniform soil mix is prepared. If you still detect any lumps, crush them with a shovel.

2. Increase aeration of the soil

The area where you plant to grow your grasses must be hard b the time when you intend to carry on with your project. Such a soil can never be good as it prevents the nutrients from getting absorbed uniformly, prevents healthy aeration and retards the penetration of roots deep down the soil. Rake up the entire area to promote all these positive factors. Now, leave the area like this for about three to four days so that oxygen, nitrogen and other important gases get completely absorbed into the soil.

3. Blend the soil mixture again

Now, it is the final stage of blending the soil mixture. Pour the entire mix over an open space and add handful of organic fertilizers and macro nutrients. Use your shovel one more time to tumble all the ingredients upside down and churn them well so that the mixture blends uniformly. Once blended well, leave the mix open for a day or two so that it gets properly aerated. Ensure that you have kept it under a covered area so that sudden rainfall cannot wash it away or wind cannot blow it away at all.

4. Scatter and water

Finally when the mixture has been prepared well, scatter them all over your raked area uniformly. Be sure not to dump heaps of mixture at one spot. It should be in the form of a thin film all over the top soil of the lawn area. Once it is done, connect the hose with the sprinkler and a water outlet and generously water the whole area, so that the entire layer of soil gets properly drenched and has enough water to keep the seeds damp.

5. Enjoy your greenery

Carefully watch out for the availability of the basic requirements such as sunlight, aeration and rainfall. In absence of rainfall, water the seeds manually only when they soil appears moist. Never water the seeds if the soil is already drenched with water. Also remember not to make the soil bone dry. After one week you will be opportune to see lush greenery.

Frequently asked questions:

Why is it necessary to rake the soil before planting the grass seeds?

A. Raking loosens the top soil, increases aeration and provides more room for the roots to penetrate further and grow healthily to sucking nutrients from the soil.

Quick tips

1. The grass seeds and the ratio of the top soil to be used must be in a ratio of 1:2

2. Raking the lawn area before scattering the grass seeds enhance quick growth of grasses.

3. Select the perfect grass variety according to your location. One that thrives in cold climate can never withstand the high temperature of warmer countries.

4. Look up for the seasonal lawn establishment and care as per the season to maintain proper growth of the grasses.

5. Primary seasons for grass plantation are early autumn, spring and early summer.

Things to watch out for

1. Sufficient rain and direct sunlight can only help the grass seeds to germinate and grow healthily. So look if your lawn satisfies all these factors.

2. Grasses are attacked by pests. So keep an eye and give regular doses of pesticides, insecticides, fungicides and herbicides.

3. Pay attention towards regular fertilization otherwise which the grasses may burn out due to malnutrition.

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