Posted on Mar 6, 2011
There should be a minimum of 4″ (12cm) of good topsoil in the area before seeding. Make sure that there are no large clumps of soil, rocks, sticks, etc., left after the area has been leveled and that it slopes slightly away from any buildings. This allows for proper drainage. Prepare the seed bed by raking and rolling lightly until you have a fine smooth surface.
Divide your seed into two equal parts, then apply evenly in two opposite directions. An example of this would be applying the first half in a north – south direction and then applying the second half in an east – west direction. Next lightly rake area to cover some of the seeds with soil followed by rolling it with an empty roller.
Fertilizer should be applied at the same time as seeding for seed germination and grass growth. The fertilizer that should be applied is one for root growth, we recommend a 7-24-28 (NITROGEN-PHOSPHORUS-POTASSIUM)
The area should be watered lightly immediately and kept moist, and watering should continue frequently until the seeds have rooted and grass plants are established. At this point watering may become less frequent and allowed to penetrate deeper into the soil as the roots are growing deeper into the soil. Traffic should be kept to a minimum on the new seeding.
First mowing of new seeding should take place after grass is well established and there is evidence of consistent growth. Begin cutting at the highest level on the mower and gradually work your way down to your desired length of grass.
Seeding will take anywhere from two to three years to reach the maturity level and look of sodding or existing lawns. We recommend seeding in the spring between the beginning of may and the middle of June (dependent upon the weather) or in the fall between the middle of august to the end of September. It is possible to seed other times of the year but more maintenance and care is required.