Growing your lawn from seed or overseeding your existing lawn is very rewarding. Just in a few days you can see the new grass shoots turning into a rich and healthy lawn.
WHEN TO SEED
The best time to seed is late Spring or early Fall when the soil temperatures are at least 7 degrees Celsius
You will need:
- Sun or Shade Grass Seed
- 5-20-20 New Lawn Care Fertilizer
- Garden Soil
- Garden Rake
- Hand or push spreader
- Lawn Roller (optional)
See Seed Application Rates below to find how much seed and soil you will need for your project. Use our Area Calculator to determine how much garden soil you will need.
SEED APPLICATION RATES
New Lawn Seeding:
- 5 pounds per 1000 square feet
- Planted in 2 – 3 inches of good quality garden soil, which provides the required nutrients for seed to flourish.
Overseeding Existing Lawn:
- 2 – 3 pounds per 1000 square feet
- Apply 1/4 inch of garden soil, make sure old grass blades are visible
CHOOSING YOUR SEED
Use mixtures consisting of a high percentage of fine fescue that tolerates reduced sunlight.
Moderate to fast establishment.
We recommend using:
Use balanced mixture of Kentucky bluegrass, fine fescue and perennial ryegrass for use in full and partial sun.
Moderate establishment, high density.
We recommend using:
STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS
Step 1:Prepare Site/Seedbed
Remove any debris and loosen up existing soil with a hard rake or rototiller. If required, add additional soil to the area. We suggest using our #1 Garden Soil. Apply soil to the depth recommended per the application rates above.
Tip: Use the back of the garden rake when spreading the soil to make it easy and even.
Step 2:Spread Grass Seed
Use either a hand or push spreader to apply grass seed to area to ensure even seed distribution
Step 3:Apply Fertilizer
Application of a 5-20-20 New Lawn Care starter fertilizer is recommended to optimize seed growth. Click here to find out fertilizer application rates
Step 4:Roll the Area
Once planted, the seed can be raked or rolled into the soil using a lawn roller. This will improve seed germination and prevents bird from eating the seeds
Tip: If raking, ensure to cover seeds with no more than 1/4 inch of soil.
Step 5:Water the Area Lightly
Water the area lightly but do not soak
and you are done!
After Grass Seed is planted:
- Continue to water the area as needed to maintain moist soil.
- The seed will take 7 – 10 days to start germinating.
- Avoid traffic on the seeded area while seedlings are starting to grow.
- The first mowing should take place once the grass is 3-4 inches tall and the ground is able to support the weight of you and your mower – usually around 4-6 weeks after seeding. Tip: Set the mower to cut no more than 1/3 of the height of the grass to keep the lawn healthy and strong.
- Once the seed is established, approximately 6 weeks after the seeding, you can make your first season appropriate fertilizer application. Visit our Fertilizing Grass Guide for our recommendations.
For more information about lawn seeding and best practices visit The Lawn Institute website.
QUICK REFERENCE GUIDES
GRASS SEED GUIDELINES
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