If your yard has been overrun with weeds or you've lost your green ground covering, don't fret, you can plant replacement grass. Caring for your lawn requires that you plant grass at the optimum time and spend the first few weeks working to maintain the lawn until the grass has taken root. Follow these instructions and you'll be able to plant grass.
- Decide what type of grass to plant. There are several options for planting grass. You can start with spreading seeds or choose to purchase sod sections of grass to plant. If you are anxious for a visible green layer of grass, then start with sod. If you are more patient then the seed route is for you. The other decision to make regarding type of grass is the species of grass. There are several types and each has a preferred climate. Contact your nearest plant nursery for the best grass to select for your lawn. Once you've chosen the type and method of planting, the rest of the steps are the same.
- Prepare the ground. If you need to remove weeds or dead and dying patches of grass, do so first. Remove also any insect, vermin or grub infestation that may have destroyed the previous lawn. Then turn the soil that is there to disturb the ground. Add a layer of fresh, high quality soil. With both the new and old soil now on the ground, use a tiller or cultivator to turn the soil again and blend the two types of top soil into a nutrient surface for the grass.
- Place the grass. Either place the sod sections so that they are close together and cover the lawn like a rug, or spread the seeds. If spreading seeds, use a spreader or sprinkle the seeds by hand so that there is sufficient coverage across the yard. If you chose the seed route, you may want to cover the new seeds with a layer of straw to keep the seeds from blowing away or being taken by yard pests and birds in the area.
- Water the grass. Use a sprinkler system to keep the seeds or fresh grass moist. Avoid overwatering and creating puddles. If you live in a warm climate, consider watering with a light layer of moisture in the morning and again in the evening so that the grass or seed doesn't dry out.
- Watch for growth. Within ten to fourteen days you should notice green sprouting grass as well as fewer visible divisions between the sod sections that were installed. Reduce your watering to every other day and monitor the growth throughout the yard.
- Keep an eye on the lawn for several weeks before taking other steps. Avoid mowing, excessive weeding or fertilizing again. Allow the grass to grow to at least two inches before trying to trim or manage it further.
Planting grass requires some patience and persistence. If you follow these steps you can plant grass in your own yard and watch a soft, cozy lawn develop.