Preparing a New Lawn

Whether using seed or sod, always begin by thoroughly preparing the soil. For best results, incorporate 2-3 inches of compost or other organic matter into the soil. Till to a depth of 6-8 inches. Level the area with a rake and roll.

1.Set the spreader at #7 and go over the area both directions with the grass seed.

2.Change the spreader to #5 setting and apply the fertilizer one direction.

3.Rake the area lightly.

4.Apply the mulch at 50# per 1000 sq. ft.

5.Water, letting the mulch pellets swell, then wait until the surface dries.

6.Fill the roller 1/3 full of water and pull it (don’t push) over the area to press the seed into the soil.

7.Keep the newly planted area moist for 3 weeks. Do not allow it to dry out, and be sure there is no standing water.

8.Mow the new grass as soon as possible.

9.Do not use any weed control until at least the third mowing.

10.Wait 6-8 weeks (or until growth begins to slow) before reapplying fertilizer. We recommend a well balanced fertilizer such as Northwest Lawn Starter to encourage root growth.