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Planting On Bare Soil Versus An Existing Lawn

Updated: Mar 27, 2023

Even though planting grass from seed is the cheapest method, in order to be successful, one must select high-quality seed over the cheapest seed mix. Checking to see if the seed has been evaluated by the National Turf Evaluation Program (NTEP) is one method for determining whether it is of high quality. The healthy green color, drought tolerance, and resistance to disease and pests of seeds that have been evaluated and rated by NTEP will all be guaranteed.

Aside from seed quality, there are other factors that will contribute to planting grass seed successfully. These factors must be present to ensure proper seed germination.



  • With regards to soil depth, grass seeds must have only up to 1/4 inch of soil on top.

  • There must be good seed to soil contact. Seed to soil contact refers to how each individual seed is in close contact to the soil. If the seed is in close contact to the soil, it will get ample moisture from the soil, which in turn will help with its proper germination.

  • One must also consider the season because seeds need the right temperatures to germinate.


Using a prepared seedbed or bare soil is the most effective method for planting grass seed. The seed will have no competition from existing plants as it germinates and grows. The grass seedlings won't have to compete for water, sunlight, and nutrients in the soil. The looser soil of a prepared seedbed also makes it easier for the grass seedlings' fragile roots to penetrate and grow.

The first step in preparing the seedbed is to get rid of things like stones, twigs, and dead grass. Utilizing a rake or board scraper, level the soil next. Subsequently, it is the ideal opportunity for dissipating or establishing grass seed, either manually or by a mechanical spreader relying upon the size of the yard.

Rake the area lightly after each seed has been planted to ensure that the seeds are covered in soil. After that, layer the mulching material over the soil. To encourage germination, regularly water the seeded area to keep it moist. But be careful not to fill the area with water.

It's also possible to plant seeds in an existing lawn, but you'll need to use more seeds per square inch. This method of planting grass seed results in a higher percentage of seeds that will not grow because the existing grass is in direct competition with the seeds that are germinating. Clearing the lawn of stones, dead grass, and other debris is similar to starting the planting process. A while later, one needs to take care of the current lawn as short as conceivable to build the seed to soil contact. One can likewise use air circulation either by means of our fluid aerator, a fitting aerator or vertical cutter, which will deliver cuts in the dirt and subsequently increment the possibilities of seeds falling straightforwardly on the dirt.

It is also recommended to cover the newly planted area with soil and mulch. It is not recommended to use weed killers before or after planting grass seed, whether on a seedbed or on an existing lawn. Before applying weed control, one must wait for the new grass to grow and mow it at least three times.

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