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How to Sow Grass Seed

Learn how to sow grass seed in your outdoor lawn space with this step-by-step gardening guide.

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Grass Seed Cheapest Method to Create Lawn

Sowing grass seed is by far the cheapest method of creating a lawn. The best time to sow seed is in spring or fall. Seed can be sown in the summer but will need watering regularly; in the winter temperatures are usually too cold for the seed to germinate.

Materials needed:

grass seed
measuring tape
rake
watering can with a rose or a hose with spray attachment
seed spreader (optional)

Prepare area to be sown.

Divide it up into 3-feet squares, using stakes or string. Measure out the amount of seed required by area as per the supplier's instructions.

Divide Soil in Squares Before Seeding

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Sow the measured seed by hand.

Half of the seed should be spread in one direction and the other half perpendicular to this. Ensure that the seed is distributed as evenly as possible for the best results.

Sow Seed in Each Small Square by Hand

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Rake the seed in gently.

It should ideally be covered by 1/16-inch of soil although it can germinate on the surface. Water using a can with a rose or a hose with a spray attachment. Grass will emerge in one to two weeks.

Gently Rake Grass Seed in Soil

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Consider using a seed spreader.

This alternative to hand sowing is ideal if you have a large area of ground to cover. It will need to be calibrated to your walking speed so that it distributes seed at the correct rate. Use a tarp to get a neat edge.

Spreader Radiates Grass Seed in All Directions

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