how to - plant grass seed

How to plant grass seed - Inspire Me Heather blog
{a visitor on our lawn}

Whether you have patches of grass to fill or need to seed an entire lawn, there are a few key steps to ensure your grass comes up healthy and green. Usually the best time to sow a lawn is in the Spring or Fall but this depends a lot on your weather and temperatures - I'd wait until there are no frost warnings in the forecast.

Did you know there are two main categories of turf grass? Warm-season grasses grow during the Summer and go dormant in Fall and Winter and cool-season grasses grow during Spring and Fall, going dormant in the Summer - ask a lawn care professional which type of grass is best suited for your area!

Here's how to plant grass seed

You will have to loosen the top 2 to 3 inches of soil breaking up any clumps and removing any debris such as rocks or branches. For DIYers a garden hoe or till will work just fine and it's a good idea to level the area you will be seeding to avoid any puddling of water. Once your soil is prepared you can add organic material such as peat moss or compost to help the soil retain water and add fertilizer to promote germination. Spread the seed evenly by hand (and not on a windy day) in small areas or use a lawn spreader/seeder for larger areas. Don't spread your seeds too close together - this will cause seedlings to fight for room and nutrients. Now lightly rake the seeds into the top of the soil allowing some of the seeds to be covered or cover the seeds with a thin layer of topsoil. Avoid walking on your planted area and keep your grass seed bed moist to enhance germination. It may take up to 3 weeks for your lawn to establish and once it has grown over 3 inches it is safe to mow!

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{patching in our lawn}
Have you planted grass seed before or do you think you will try this yourself? I love hearing from you so please share your questions or tips in the comments section below! 


  1. perfect timing, I am soon to start the task of adding grass seed to my bare lawn in the back and fix up a few spots in the front. Thanks for this post!!!

  2. We bought the grass seed that is supoosed to be able to grow on concrete, thinking that since we were putting in our yard (where grass sort of already existed) that it would work. WRONG. Maybe I needed to till up a bit of the soil like you mentioned above. I think this year the grass is coming out and pavers are going down....

  3. Timely for sure. We need to relearn everything I thought I knew about grass after moving to the Okanagan. The desert does something very bad to grass.

  4. We've had to re-seed in the past and must do it again this year. Really, if it weren't for the moss and buttercups there'd be no green out there at all!


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