Professional Lawn Care in Charlotte, NC


Helpful Tips for Seeding a Lawn

So you want to plant some new grass from seed, but feel unsure about how to go about it. No problem. Even owners of trophy lawns have been in your situation at some point. The fact is, growing a beautiful lawn from seed can be easy. Just follow these simple pointers.

Use Quality Seed

That seems like a no-brainer, but many people think they can grow a showpiece lawn with bargain-basement grass seed. Bargain seed contains empty seed hulls, stems, and too many weeds. Select a quality seed that is 99.99% weed-free. Also, quality seed is the product of extensive research, giving you grass that can withstand the extreme conditions in your area. Starting with quality seed simply means less work later.

Loosen the Soil

You want grass seed to make good contact with soil. So you need to rough it up a little. Loosening the soil also helps tiny seedlings to take root. So rake your lawn, and remove any dead grass in the process, before seeding.

Don't Apply Too Much Seed

Grass is like any other plant. It needs soil, moisture, light, and nutrients to thrive. That's why seedlings need some room to grow. While it's tempting to pile a whole lot of grass seed on a lawn or bare spot, doing so just creates a free-for-all. What grass manages to grow will be weaker than it would be if you had given it some space. Just use the spreader settings on the seed bag for good results.

Proper Watering is the Key to Success

You've loosened the soil, seeded, added starter fertilizer and seeding soil. The only ingredient you need now (besides sunlight and warm weather) is water. Without consistent moisture, seed dies and can't be revived. Water gently, but not deeply, to keep the soil moist. Lightly water twice a day until the grass reaches 2 inches in height. Then you can cut back to watering when necessary.

When to Mow

Once your grass reaches regular mowing height, rev up your lawnmower. Be sure to set your mower at the tallest setting. This will allow the grass to grow deeper roots to find moisture and nutrients. If you cut your lawn too short, the grass can't grow deep roots, and you'll waste a lot of time and money watering it to keep it green.

What's Next? Fertilizing

Once you've mowed your lawn about 4 times (or about 6 weeks after you've seeded), it's time to feed your lawn. Select products that are designed to provide slow, even feeding to keep your grass growing strong. You can feed your lawn every 6-8 weeks with these products during the growing season.