1.  Know Your pH

Testing your soil 6 to 8 weeks before you plant will allow your tiny seedlings the most comfortable environment in which to spread their tender roots. To learn more about soil testing, check with this soil test guide.

2.  Remove Debris

Look for anything on or just below the soil (i.e. wood, pipe, rock, discarded cement, brush, construction scrap) that may obstruct the growth of fescue roots and restrict soil water movement. These items should be removed.

3.  Weed Control

Eliminating existing weeds before you plant ensures that the new seed isn’t competing for water or nutrients. To learn more about weed control, check out this garden guide or contact your local lawn and landscape professional.

4.  Break Ground

The UT Extension office suggests tilling the ground where you are planning to plant to a depth of about 6 inches. This is also a great opportunity to throw in fertilizer or lime (as directed by your soil sample results.)

5.  Smooth and Water

After tilling, smooth out the soil to a uniform consistency and, if the soil seems very dry, water (yes, you are watering dirt) several days before planting.

6.  Now sit back and let it all settle

You know your new ground is ready for your precious new grass when you step on the area and your footprint is less than one inch deep.

Now you’re ready to plant!

Recomended by The UT extension office