Though planting grass seed may seem like a rather large undertaking, you should be perfectly capable of creating a wonderfully green lawn by following a few easy steps.
You may find that there are some bare areas in your lawn where new growth is not coming up. You will have to plant new seed in those areas. For best results, loosen the soil to a depth of 2”, and then incorporate the seed into the soil. The seed/soil contact is what enables the seed germinate. If necessary, add some topsoil to level it out. Use a bluegrass blend of seed for the sunny areas of your lawn. Fine fescue and red fescue seed works best in the shady areas. It is very important to keep the upper layer of soil moist for best results. Remember, with newly seeded areas, you have to water lightly and often. Germination takes approximately 14 to 21 days, so be patient!
If seeding in the spring, the best time to seed in spring is usually mid to late April. If seeding in the fall, the best time is during the month of September. These times are when the chances of frost are minimal. If a heavy frost occurs after the seed begins to grow, the seedlings are not hardy enough to survive and will die.