Planting Seed Tips
Looking to establish a new lawn or pasture? Follow these steps and you’ll be on the right track!
- Prepare a clean seed bed by removing old vegetation.
- For lawns, use a dethatcher, power rake, or rototiller to kill or remove existing vegetation. This will help prepare your clean seed bed.
- For pastures, use a disc, rototiller, power rake—or any other means—to kill or remove existing vegetation, and prepare a clean seedbed.
- If necessary, drag the planting area to loosen and level any hard or uneven spots.
- Apply fertilizer at 5 lbs. per 1,000 sq. ft. for lawns, or 250 lbs. per acre for pastures.
- A good rule of thumb is to apply seed at 5 to 10 lbs. per 1,000 sq. ft for lawns, or 50 to 100 lbs. per acre for pastures. Consult the instructions for your specific product for ideal seeding rates.
- Drag, rake, or roll to lightly cover the seed. Do not cover any deeper than 1/4 to 1/2 inch!
- For lawns, apply irrigation for 30 minutes every evening, until soil is damp and germination has occurred.
- Irrigate newly-seeded lawns every other day until the grass reaches a height of 6 in.
- After this point, water three times a week (only if necessary).
- At three months of age, re-apply fertilizer at 5 lbs per 1,000 sq. ft. for lawns, or 250 lbs. per acre.
- Keep the grass mowed at 3 to 6 in. during the establishment process for lawns, or at 6 to 10 in. for pasture.
- Mow regularly at 3 to 5 in.
- Fertilize with 2 to 3 lbs. per 1,000 square feet three times per year.
- Be sure to irrigate established lawns during extreme dry spells.
- Overseed with annual Ryegrass during October for Winter coverage. Apply Rye at a rate of 2 to 5 lbs. per 1,000 sq. ft.
- Mow at 6 to 10 in. (when necessary).
- Fertilize with 250 lbs. per acre three times per year.
- Overseed with Rye during October at a rate of 20 to 30 lbs. per acre. This will ensure that you have Winter coverage.