Starting a lawn from seed is the cheapest method and it gives you a greater variety of choices. The more expensive seeds are really only a fraction of the cost when you consider an entirely new lawn.
There are three basic things you need to do to get good results when planting grass seed:
- Buy good seed (take the time to do some research and ask questions)
- Prepare the soil properly
- Keep the seed moist after planting
NOTE: In warm-winter climates with lawns of St. Augustinegrass and centipedegrass, you may need to plant sprigs, plugs, or sod.
Grass seed should be planted in the spring or fall. Fall is the ideal time because of weather conditions and you won’t have to deal with crabgrass, goosegrass and other grassy weeds. Plant it after the last frost date in the spring or 6-8 weeks before the first frost date in the fall.
Don’t let this be confusing to you. There are lots of options when it comes to grass seed. Do your homework, and don’t be afraid to spend a bit more for quality seed — it will make a world of difference in your lawn. For more, see “What you need to know about grass seed.”