Seeding is an inexpensive solution that requires more time and patience than laying sod. Using grass seed allows you to choose the seed mix that best meets your needs and available light.

When to seed

The best times to seed are in spring and late summer when cool temperatures facilitate germination.

Choose your seeds

  • Select a seed mix that is tailored to your lawn’s sun exposure – Sun, Shade, Low maintenance
  • Choose a mix with endophytes that will repel certain insect pests
  • Use seeds with mycorrhizae for a lawn that is more resistant to heat, insects, and dry conditions

Seeding a new lawn

  1. Turn the soil over and correct nutrient deficiencies.
  2. Remove weeds if needed.
  3. Spread 15 cm (6 in) of good quality soil.
  4. Level the ground by raking the surface until its uniform.
  5. Smooth lightly with a roller.
  6. Spread Sod and Seed fertilizer to help the lawn take root.
  7. Seed by hand or with a spreader, crossing the ground in two perpendicular directions. Choose a period when the outdoor temperature alternates between 20o and 25o during the day and 14o and 18o at night to facilitate germination.
  8. Rake the surface over with a leaf rake to cover the grass seeds lightly with soil.
  9. Water regularly 1 or 2 times a day for 20 to 30 minutes. The soil must remain moist throughout seed germination (2 weeks). Use low water pressure to avoid pushing the seeds around.
  10. Mow the lawn when it reaches about 10 cm (4 in) in height. Mowing height: 7.5 cm (3 in).
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