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Can You Put Down Too Much Grass Seed?
Having a nice-looking yard starts with having great looking grass. If you are starting from scratch, or supplementing by adding seed to areas that are thinned out, then knowing how much seed to use can be important.
Too much seed will give you poor results. You will need to use the right amount of grass seed, for your size of lawn, and situation. Check the bag for the seeding rate, to figure out how much to use on a new lawn, and how much to use on patches in an existing lawn.
A new lawn, takes twice the amount of grass seeds, than a patchy lawn. You do not want to overuse grass seed. You will waste the product and money.
Table of Contents
- What Does the Seeding Rate Mean?
- Why Using the Right Kind of Seed Matters
- Will Grass Seed Grow if You Just Throw it On the Ground?
- Soil Test and Soil Amendments
- How Often Can You Put Grass Seed Down?
- Related Questions
What Does the Seeding Rate Mean?
To get the right seeding rate, you need to know how large your yard is. You will need to calculate the square footage of your yard. To do this, measure the length, and the width, of your yard, and multiply those two together to get the square footage.
If your yard has multiple parts, measure the length and width, of each separately, and write them down on paper. Then multiply the length, by the width, for each area.
It helps to sketch the areas out on a note pad and write the numbers down beside them. Once you have multiplied all of your numbers for each area, add them together, for the total square footage.
Each type of grass has a different seeding rate, which is measured in pounds per square foot (pounds/1,000 sq.ft.) For example, Kentucky bluegrass blend, calls for one pound of seeds, per 1,000 sq feet. Each bag of grass will have a chart with the seeding rate, for that particular species of grass.
For patchy areas, you will need to rake the areas clean of any leaves or debris. Loosen or aerate the soil, and then spread an even amount of seed over the patchy area. Cover the newly seeded areas with topsoil.
If you do not have topsoil, you can use a rake to push the seed into the aerated ground where they will have the best chance at sprouting.
Why Using the Right Kind of Seed Matters
You will need to have some basic knowledge of grass seed varieties. Look into what types of grass grow best in your location. Grasses that do well in the heat, generally do not do well in the winter, or the northern climates.
Some winter-friendly grasses, can not grow in southern climates, and some grasses overlap and grow in both climates. The last thing you want to do is plant the wrong kind of grass, and then wonder why none of it is growing.
Using the right kind of grass seed will ensure that you have a good chance at growing an incredible lawn. Doing some research beforehand will save you a lot of time and mistakes.
Will Grass Seed Grow if You Just Throw it On the Ground?
Grass seed is very resilient and could sprout, and grow just from throwing it on the ground. However, there will be negative results if you do it that way. There are several steps, for preparing the ground, to plant your seeds.
Over time, the quality of the grass will decline, because the grass never really rooted in the ground well enough. The ground should be tilled, or turned over at the very least, before planting the grass seed.
If you were to just throw the seed on top of the soil, you would get grass that grows spindly and it will not have good coverage.
For the preparation of planting grass seed, you will want to amend the soil and make sure that it is at the right pH level. For the best results, you want to aerate your yard.
Soil Test and Soil Amendments
Before you start planting your seed, you will want to do some preparation, to the soil in your yard. To grow grass from seed, the soil needs to be the right pH level, and the soil must be properly loosened.
You can test the pH of your soil with a tester, they come in multiple varieties and shapes, the best one has a stake, that goes into the ground. You can also try DIY methods, such as using vinegar.
The next important thing is to loosen the soil. You can do this in several ways. If you have a machine operated garden tiller, you can til the soil. Loosening the soil, and turning it over, gives the grass a better chance at rooting.
The best way, and the most widely used way, is to aerate your yard with an aerator. This puts small holes into your soil, that allows the grass seed to fall under the main layer of soil. This makes the perfect environment for grass seed.
How Often Can You Put Grass Seed Down?
Planting grass seed should be done seasonally. The time of year you plant the seed depends on the species of grass, and the location where you live. Southern species are best planted, in mid-spring, to early fall. Northern species of grass, early fall, to early spring.
If after your initial planting you do not get complete coverage, you will need to wait for the following season, to plant more grass. Planting grass varieties in their offseason, will kill the grass, and waste the product.
How long after planting grass seeds, can you walk on it?
You want to avoid having foot traffic on the grass until it has come up, and you have mowed it 2-3 times. Walking on a lawn, before the seeds have sprouted, or just after they have, will damage the growth and progress.
What do you put down first, grass seed, or fertilizer?
You will apply both the seed and the fertilizer, one right after the other. It does not matter which order you apply them. However, you must do it, one after the other. You do not apply both at the same time, because of the uneven application.
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