How to Grow a Lawn from Seed
All our seed articles with instructions and videos, organized in one place
Starting a Lawn from Scratch
You may think planting grass seed is as easy as tossing a handful or two across your lawn, much like feeding the chickens. While planting grass seed is easy, it requires a bit more attention to detail than feeding birds. The articles and videos on this page were created to help you succeed at growing a beautiful, dense lawn that you start from seed yourself.
How to Plant a New Lawn from Seed
👉 Lawn Prep Before & After Seeding (for all grass seed)
Start with a soil test and, once your seeds are planted, end with a layer of Soil³ compost (not straw). This applies for both warm & cool season lawns.
🌱 ☀️ How to Seed a Warm Season Lawn 101
Warm season lawns (such as Zenith Zoysia and TifBlair Centipede) thrive during the warm, hot months and go dormant during winter. They are best planted when the ground is warm. In the Southeast, the warm season starts in April in the warmest areas (coastal and Deep South). In farmer-speak, "seeding" equals "planting."
Cater to the Needs of Your Grass Seeds
Warm Season lawns from seed take a little more time to germinate than cool season lawns such as Tall Fescue. Take a bit more care with them, and you'll be successful! Our mantras when planting Zenith or TifBlair seed are: "patience grasshopper" and "water, water, water."
🤿 Even More Details on Warm Season Lawns from Seed 201
You can really take a deep dive here.
🌱 ❄️ How to Seed a Cool Season Lawn 101
Tall Fescue is an evergreen lawn that thrives during the cool months. It is best planted in the fall, when the weather has turned cool again. In the Southeast, the Tall Fescue season starts in September. In farmer parlance, "seeding" equals "planting."
👩🌾 Aftercare for all Seeded Lawns
After you planted your seed according to the articles above, here are the guides you need for the next stage of caring for a brand new lawn. At this point, repeat these mantras: "mow as soon as there is something to mow" and "water, water, water."
3 Differences Between Warm- and Cool-Season Grass Seed
What is the difference anyway? In short, warm season lawns (such as Zenith Zoysia and TifBlair Centipede) thrive during the warm, hot months and go dormant during winter. They are best planted when the ground is warm. Tall Fescue is an evergreen lawn that thrives during the cool and cold months. It is best planted in the fall, when the weather has turned cool again.Find out the 3 differences