For years, West Michigan homeowners have gone to De Bruyn Seed Store for all their grass seed. Now you too can get De Bruyn's premium grass seed. Only quality cool season grasses are put into De Bruyn grass seed mixtures, making a beautiful dark green lawn.
BASICS OF SEEDING A LAWN
1. Take a soil sample of the new lawn to see what nutrients need to be added to the soil.
2. Measure the lawn for square footage.
3. Remove debris and rocks from the area.
4. Get any weeds in the area under control.
5. Establish a rough grade.
6. Add nutrients and lime based on the soil sample. If no soil sample was obtained, use a fertilizer high in the last two numbers (i.e. 6-24-24 or 10-16-20.) Spread the fertilizer over the lawn and thoroughly till into the soil.
7. Prepare the final grade. It's difficult to do this later, so take your time and do it correctly now. Drag the area to make a smooth seed bed.
8. Sow half of your seed in an east-west direction over the entire lawn, then go over the lawn in a north-south direction with the other half of the seed. This ensures an equal distribution of seed.
9. Sowing too little seed results in a patchy, sparse lawn. Sowing too much can result in an over-crowded lawn that's prone to disease. Stay within the recommended rates for best results.
10. Rake the seed into the soil to a depth of ⅛" to ¼" to ensure good soil to seed contact. Do not over-rake or you may bury the seed.
11. An optional step would be to roll the seed bed to help press the seeds firmly into the soil.
12. Apply a thin layer of straw or mulch over the seeded area if it will be difficult to maintain an even soil moisture during germination.
13. Water lightly several times a day, being careful not to let the top layer of soil dry out and kill the emerging seedlings.
14. Begin mowing when the grass reaches a height of 3". Do not remove more than ⅓ of the total grass height per mowing.
Three Basics for Successful Seeding.
1. Warm Soil
2. Sufficient Moisture
3. Good Seed to Soil Contact.