How to Prepare Soil for Grass Planting | Lawn & Garden Care


So some people have asked how to prepare your
soil for grass seed. Well the first steps in that are to loosen
the soil and then get the rough material, the highs and lows leveled on it. But then once you’ve got that, then you want
to come in with a finer rake, something like this spring tine rake or leaf rake. And then you want to come in and rake the
surface free of anything that’s larger than say a half an inch generally is the guideline. So any stones, any wood debris, you want to
get that off the surface and get a nice, sort of fluffy surface so that the grass seed can
sit in there. The key to excellent grass sprouting is to
have good soil seed contact. You need to get a really smooth surface so
that when you lay the seed down it will have good contact with the soil and sprout well. One of the things you’ll want to remember
as you’re working the soil is that you don’t really want to work the soil when it’s too
dry or too wet. If you break it up when it’s too dry and try
to rake it you’re going to create something that’s more like powder. And if you work it when it’s too wet, then
you’ll end up with some clods and something we call glazing which is pellets of soil that
have a slick surface on it that doesn’t take well for roots or seed. So make sure that your soil, when you go out
to work it, is sort of evenly moist, not just after a rain but not after a dry spell either.

12 thoughts on “How to Prepare Soil for Grass Planting | Lawn & Garden Care

  1. Hi I live in Brentwood CA and it gets up to between 96 to 104 in the summer time here. Is it recommended to wait until it cools down to install a yard? we just bought a house and the back is all dried up dirt without any vegetation. I'd like to get started but some ppl think I should wait until the fall. Thanks Javier

  2. Right???? Will Ferrell doing lawns. Hey dude I'd take advantage and send my photo in to his agent "just in case" he needs a double…never know;-)

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