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The least expensive way to start a lawn is by seed. And as long as the area is
relatively flat, starting a lawn with seed is a snap. The biggest task is
preparing the site, making sure the soil is of good quality.
Choose your grass carefully. Different types of grass perform better in some parts of the country than others (depending on sunlight, exposure and geographic location). Read the package carefully for information on which grass to choose for your yard.
Remove all debris and any wood, stones, or large roots. Use a spade and garden rake to smooth the soil. If your budget allows, add organic matter, such as a 1-inch layer of compost, sphagnum peat moss, or well-rotted, dried manure. Dig or till in the soil to loosen soil and smooth again with a garden rake.
Calculate the space you'll be seeding. For small areas, smaller than 150 square feet or so, you can simply scatter the seed by hand. In larger areas, you can use either a broadcast or drop spreader for uniform coverage. First divide the seed into two equal portions. Sow the first portion across the lawn in rows; then sow the second portion in rows at right angles to the first until you have crisscrossed the whole lawn.
Mulch lightly after seeding to keep the soil moist. Use a 1/4-inch layer of any number of materials, including fine compost, dried manure, topsoil, straw, or even a thin layer of sawdust.
Now you can water. Use a gentle sprinkler or hand sprayer with a mist setting to avoid washing away soil and seed. Soak the soil 6 inches deep immediately after sowing. It's important to never let the seed dry out. This inhibits germination. It takes a minimum of seven days for seed to germinate and much longer for warm season grasses (up to 30 days for grasses like Bermuda and Zoysia). Until seedlings are visible, lightly water with a sprinkler as often as three to four times a day until the grass is a half-inch or so high.
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