Best Way to Plant Grass Seeds | Complete Guide

Best Way to Plant Grass Seeds | Complete Guide

How to Plant Grass Seed?

We are all familiar with the sight of lawns in the summertime. Thick, green grass crept over every inch of the yard. But how do you get your lawn to start this way? The answer is simple: seed. Grass seed is a necessary component for any healthy lawn because it provides both color and food for your new grass blades to grow on.

You must choose the right type of seed based on what climate zone you live in, but once you’ve done that, it’s time to move on to planting. Let our blog teach you more about why and how to plant grass seeds. So that next year your summer can be full of lush green turf instead of bare dirt.

Choose the Right Grass Seed for Your Lawn

A great lawn can only be grown from the best seeds. To find a top-quality mix, look for an NTEP rated variety which means it has been independently evaluated and certified by National Turf Evaluation Program (NTEP). The price of grass seed is small when compared to what you will invest in time building your perfect green carpet; so buy wisely.

These seeds have more resistant to disease and insects. And continue growing even if attacked by pests or diseases. While also being able to withstand periods without water more than usual due to drought conditions.

Right Time

The best time to plant grass seed is one of the most important decisions you’ll make when it comes to maintaining your yard. Timing affects how quickly and whether or not your new seeds germinate, grow into healthy plants that can withstand our harsh winter conditions without struggling for survival like a vine-like weed would in other regions where winters are cold but lack a killing freeze all year round

The optimal planting season varies depending on which type of unique vegetation. We’re talking about lawns belonging northwardly from the USA’s Great Lakes region typically include cool-season varieties such as Kentucky blue.

In Massachusetts, fall is the best time to plant grass seeds. This cool-season variety needs soil that’s warm enough and has had some sunlight before planting so it can germinate well into winter; otherwise, you might lose your newly planted seeds due to cold weather or moisture issues.

It also helps if there are days when temperatures stay above 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15 Celsius) for a while during early autumn. But don’t wait too long as night will come sooner than expected this year compared with years past.

For those living in the south, warm-season grass is optimal. These include Bermudagrass, Zoysia, and Bahiagrasses but not Centipede or other cool weather types of plants for outdoor use.

If you want something more tropical be sure to consider planting one while there is still time before winter arrives.

Site Preparation

A healthy, attractive lawn starts with proper site preparation. Proper grading of the ground before planting is important as it ensures water drains away from your plants and into gullies where they can easily be taken up by rainwater or irrigation systems without causing damage to their roots. This also helps prevent shallow standing puddles that invite pests like mosquitoes.

How to plant grass seeds
How to plant grass seeds

Avoid Creating Steeper Slopes 

Try varying slope rates anywhere between 1:1 (perfectly horizontal) all way down to 3% for very slight Grade changes Camphor Woods recommends no greater than 5%. Smooth out any dips in terrain so these areas don’t collect excess moisture which may springboard tree disease.

If you want a brand new lawn. Make sure to remove any dead or dying plants from your current spot. You can use sod cutters for removing the old turf at its roots. And herbicides are more beneficial as they will kill both broadleaf plants like weeds as well as grass if properly applied according to label instructions.  

Test Soil PH

  • To keep your lawn healthy and vibrant, it’s important to check the soil pH. A properly balanced ecosystem in which all members play their part is essential for a successful landscape project. Most grasses do best with a range between 6-7 on average but there are exceptions depending upon the type of grass you’re trying to cultivate.
  • There are plenty of organizations out there ready to help people like us get soil tests done right and you can also visit your local nursery.
  • If the soil PH is out of the range for healthy turf growth. Then soil amendments are an easy way to create the perfect environment for healthy lawn growth. Amend soil with elemental sulfur in areas of alkaline soils or lime if your turf has too low a pH level, and you’ll be on track.

Add Nutrients to Your Soil

  • Add nutrients to the soil. The recommendations from your lawn soil test will outline what you’re lacking in order for the grass be at its healthiest possible form and yield most of its potential with minimal interference from pests or diseases, such as a high-quality fertilizer that can help restore the optimal level growth.

Improve Horizon

  • Conditions such as very sandy soil or heavy, compacted earth will affect seed germination and growth of your lawn; for a healthy green look that allows you ample time outside with family while still keeping up on maintenance needs like watering.
  • Soil should contain sufficient air in order not only to allow the potential nutrients within but also to retain moisture levels needed by grasses during hot summer days.

Water Properly

Achieving success with grass seeding efforts is largely dependent on how often you sprinkle water and the moisture level that your soil can tolerate. Make sure to keep newly planted areas moist by watering two or three times a day while also keeping in mind not to overdo it as puddles will form if this isn’t done correctly.

Ways To Conserve Water in lawn
How To Conserve Water in lawn

Once seeds germinate, gradually reduce the frequency of watering but increase its intensity until all danger from fungus has passed. Then make an effort only once every other day at most – when mature plants have grown tall enough so they’re outgrowing their container size.

Mow the Area

Mow the Area | How to Plant Grass Seed

The most important thing to remember about lawn care is that the grass should be at least three inches high before you cut it. Follow best practices when mowing, including recommended height for your type of green, and never remove more than one-third in a single pass, or else stress will occur which leads back into disease-causing problems like weed growth as well weak stems from undernourishment (or overwatering).

Things to Consider When Planting Seed


Fall planted cool-season yards need extra attention. Since they haven’t been used recently so their roots may not have fully grown yet; therefore hitting them with cold weather can sometimes shock new life into these dormant plants again after just one winter month.

One of the most important things to do is to make sure that the lawn stays healthy and green. Young grass can be trampled on my feet, so avoid walking near it when possible to keep its roots intact. To create this kind of environment that will last year-round without maintenance work all summer long just follow these simple steps:

a) Keep an eye out for any weeds or other plants trying to enter into what should be yours; pull them up before they take over.

b). Watering frequency varies depending upon rainfall levels but 1 inch per week during normal conditions has been found effective at maintaining quality turf.

How to Grow New Grass Fast?

I’ve found the best time for planting is when temperatures are warm and sunny. Make sure you use fresh seeds, as old seeds may not germinate properly or produce healthy roots that can withstand foot traffic in your garden; I recommend buying new plugs every year so they’re always ready.

The first step after seeding is checking if any spots need reseeding. This could mean either putting down more fertilizer before broadcasting from scratch (but avoid overfilling). Or adding some soil into those empty patches.


The best time to plant grass seeds is in the spring and fall. If you are planning a spring planting, do not apply weed control products at that point because it will affect how well your new seeds germinate (and grow).

For those who want their grass at its greenest for autumn’s colors, wait until temperatures reach 50 degrees Fahrenheit or higher before sowing seeds outside in September. This will ensure they have enough time to grow halfway without being killed off by cold weather.


Jon Dunn
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Jon Dunn has 12 years of experience as a seed and fertilizer specialist at the North Carolina Department have been immensely rewarding, and he looks forward to continuing to contribute to Lawnscanner. Read more