• Establishing Lawn from Seed Video:
• Best success when seeding bare ground
• Use a tiller to prepare the seed bed
• Remove sticks, rocks, clumps of old grass
• Test the pH and the soil fertility
• Use a fertilizer with high phosphorus
numbers to build root growth
• Front-tine – smaller & lighter,
bounce a lot when trying to
break new soil – work better for
re-tilling existing plots
• Rear-tine – bigger & stronger
work best for preparing unused
• Most economical
– Grass seed $15 - 20 for enough for 2,500 sq
– Seed specific cultivars or blends
– Seeds develop into the area where they will
• Have information about the quality of the
– Seed purity - % of identified species
– Seed viability - % of seed that will germinate
• Seeding rates
– Different seeds have different weights and
– Also information on spreader settings
– Want ~15 seeds per sq. inch.
• Kill everything and start-over
• Kill existing grass with glyphosate (Round-
• Allow 3 weeks to die completely
• Cut to ½” height
• Add new seed to existing lawn
• Good for bare spots or to improve lawn
• Best in September
• Cut grass short (1”)
• Remove clippings & thatch
• May need to add compost or topsoil
• Grown on specialty farms & harvested by
• Usually has 2-3 day life from harvest - can
be longer if protected from heat or drying.
• Costs about $.20 - .30/sq ft if you are
going to do it yourself
– Very small lawn - 2000sq ft = $400 - 600
• Contractor will charge $.50/sq foot - not
including soil prep
• Sod costs 20X more than seed
• Sod costs 10X more than sprigs
• Best grass for shade?
• Best grass for quick greening?
• Best grass for drought tolerance?
• Best looking cool season grass?
• What grass breaking dormancy now?
• What grass are most lawns around here?