Seeding Your New Lawn

Seeding your own lawn is a big step into DIY lawn care. You select the type of grass you want to grow and you see it from start to green finish. Grass is most vulnerable in its early stages, but with a little attention and care upfront you’ll soon have an established lawn. Generally, either spring or fall is the best time to sow your lawn. 

Seeding Step By Step

#1 Select the right grass seed.

Choose a grass seed that is well suited to your soil, climate, and the level of work you want to put in. Each grass variety has its strengths and weaknesses. Putting some thought in now will save you trouble down the road. 

 

>> Learn about the different types of warm season and cool season grasses

>> Check out Sunday’s Hybrid Grass Seed Mixes 

 

#2 Prepping the land. For most soil, you can gently scratch the soil with a metal rake to create better seed to soil contact. For clay-heavy and easily compacted soil, Rototilling could be helpful. 

 

Pro Tip: If your lawn is uneven, now is the perfect time to level it out. 

 

#3 Sowing. Use a seed spreader to spread the seeds across your lawn according to the advised lbs/per square feet based on the seed type or blend you’re using.

 

After all of the seed has been disbursed, gently rake the area so most of the seed is beneath the soil. You can also cover the area with a thin layer of straw or compost; this will help with water retention and boost organic matter in the soil. 

 

#4 Water wisely. Watering is vital to get your grass growing. On the day you sow, water until the soil is saturated. After that, make sure your soil is moist everyday, but don’t over-water. How much and how often you need to water to keep your soil moist will depend on the climate you live in and your soil type. 

 

#5 Stay off the lawn. After the seeds have been sown, try to keep the area traffic-free until grass sprouts and the blades thicken. There’s a lot of important stuff going on under the soil that you don’t want to disturb. Even after grass sprouts it’s still pretty vulnerable until it thickens out. 

 

Once the blades are thick, you still want to be somewhat gentle with your lawn in its first year. This means no rugby tournaments or harsh pesticides, but regular foot traffic is fine!

Patience Is Key

Different grass species have different germination times and can range anywhere from a week to a month. Below are common germination rates. If you don’t see sprouts right away, keep up with watering and don’t worry. These things take time.

 

GRASS-TYPE
           GERMINATION TIME
Tall fescue
          10-21 days
Fine Fescue
          10-14 days
Perennial
Rye
           7 days
Kentucky
Bluegrass 
          21 days
Bermuda
         10 – 30 days

 

Keep It Growing

Once grass sprouts, continue watering regularly to keep soil moist, but you can start to cut back on the volume. You’ll notice that new sprouts will continue to emerge for a few days. After it seems most of the seeds have sprouted, you can start transitioning to a more normal watering schedule

 

Pro Tip: If the soil surface is dry, is more water necessary? Maybe. There may be enough moisture beneath the surface for the grass. To check, get a bamboo chopstick and stick it 3 inches deep in the soil and leave it there for about 10 minutes. Pull it out and moisture levels will be easy to see. 

 

Sunday and Your Newly Seeded Lawn

We recommend waiting for 60% of the seed to actively grow (roughly 3 weeks after planting) before applying Sunday nutrients to your newly seeded lawn. This will allow grass to better absorb the nutrients. Once applied, our nutrients will help your new grass grow in thick and green.