How To Plant Your Lawn Properly

How to Plant a Lawn

Do you want to turn your scruffy lot into a lush lawn? We’ve got just the help for you. Read on to lean how to plant a lawn, whether from sod or from seed.

Excerpted from Garden Design

Lawn Provides Green Carpet and Sense of SpaceSimple Steps: Vegetable Gardening ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009 The velvet green of a well-maintained lawn is the perfect foil for border flowers. Lawns create a sense of space in the garden and provide color, even in the depths of winter.

The best time to plant, or seed, a new lawn is early fall or spring. Dig the area, adding a margin of 6 inches, and improve the drainage of heavy clay and wet soils by working grit into the topsoil. For free-draining soils, dig in a 3 to 4 inch layer of bulky organic matter to conserve moisture and fertility. Depending on the size of your yard, it should take you about a day to plant your lawn.

Materials Needed:

  • spade or fork
  • rake and hoe
  • all-purpose granular fertilizer
  • topsoil mixed with horticultural sand
  • wooden plank
  • broom
  • garden hose
  • sharp spade

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