A great lawn can only be grown from great grass seeds. To find a top quality grass seed, look for an NTEP rated variety, which means it has been independently evaluated and rated by the National Turf Evaluation Program, (NTEP). The NTEP rating on grass seeds means you are purchasing grass seeds that have been specifically bred for superior green grass color, disease and insect resistance and drought tolerance.
The price of grass seed is small compared to the time that will be invested in building a great lawn. To get the best lawn results you need the best grass seed.
* For planting new lawns:
* Loosen the top 2 to 3 inches of soil.
* Remove debris (sticks, stones, etc), from the area.
* Break up soil clumps larger than a half dollar.
* Avoid too fine soil, small clumps are acceptable.
* Level the areas where excess water might collect.
* Do not use weed killers before or after planting seed.
**For overseeding an existing lawn:**
* Mow grass as short as possible.
* Loosen the top ¼ inch of soil in bare spots.
* Remove debris and dead grass.
* Level the areas where excess water collects. Use existing topsoil; added soil may have weed seeds.
* Apply the Grass Seed working it in evenly. Then apply LIQUID AERATOR to saturate the surface. After an hour, water enough to saturate the Aerator without puddling the area.
* Spread the seed evenly by hand in small areas.
* Use a hand or lawn spreader or a mechanical seeder in large areas.
* Apply approximately 16 seeds per square inch. Too many seeds too close together causes seedlings to fight for room and nutrients. Grass may be weak or thin in these areas.
* Lightly drag the grass seed bed so no more than ¼ inch of soil covers the grass seed.
* Cover the grass seed bed with Liquid Lawn Aerator saturating the bed but not to the point it puddles.
* Keep grass seed bed moist to enhance germination.
* Water lightly (don’t saturate), and frequently (at least once daily), until new grass is two inches high.
* Water new grass regularly to keep roots moist, but do not overwater. Once the grass is established, watering every couple of days will allow the root system to establish.
* We recommend you reapply the liquid lawn aerator after 45 days again for best results, then every 60 days during growing season.