How to start a new lawn from seed with these epic lawn care supplies!
Isn’t the lawn picture above lovely?
Well, this lawn sure didn’t start out this way! But thanks to a few recent yard improvements, starting a new lawn from seed became a needed thing.
And little did I know how drastic the newer lawn care supplies have changed over the years, making planting a new lawn from seed SO much easier!
So today I’m sharing how I flipped a weed infested gravel driveway into a post that shares how to start a new lawn from seed with all the latest lawn supply gadgetry that took this task to next level awesome… with an amazing outcome!
Welcome to one side of my driveway. This is a tree that required endless pruning all year long that I was totally done with. I just couldn’t keep up with it.
Another thing that needed to go was the old RV driveway. It use to be gravel, however had long since grown in with weeds. After getting rid of the trailer, I started mowing the weeds which resulted in a poor looking lawn substitute!
So after a chat with neighbours Jake and Janette, we decided to team up and remove the RV driveway with new lawn, remove the allen blocks that separated our yards, and remove the high maintenance tree to an evergreen tree that didn’t need any maintenance at all!
While adding a cute split rail fence feature.
It was an incredibly big job, but so worthwhile!
Since writing that post, the new strip of lawn has finally grown in… so this post shares all the steps we took on how to start a new lawn from seed, along with some outstanding lawn care supplies I had no idea existed, making this task so much easier!
Here’s what we did next:
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How to start a new lawn from seed
with epic lawn care supplies
Preparing the yard
1. Remove old growth.
- spray any old growth to remove the weeds
- after 1 week, scrape off growth
The gravel driveway had grown in with mostly weeds.
Because it was so weed infested, we chose to kill off all the old growth to start over again by spraying on some weed herbicide.
After sitting for about a week, the spray turned the growth to yellow, then to brown, which made scraping it off the old turf and weeds with shovels a lot easier.
Don’t get me wrong. This was hard work because we were working on top of gravel. But it would have been impossibly difficult if we didn’t stop the old growth first in our case.
2. Add clean fill, with a layer of fertile topsoil.
By some miracle, someone in the neighbourhood was looking for a place to dump clean fill! So I quickly requested they bring it to us, and it ended up being the perfect amount for our needs!
Now, this is clean fill, which isn’t the same as fertilized topsoil. So if you want a lawn that will likely not require much feeding to stay green for years to come, I recommend fill first, then adding a layer of fertile topsoil.
Since this was such a small area and we had enough soil as-is, we took a chance with just adding the clean fill.
Tip: Go on Facebook and request clean fill. We later saw many other offers of people looking for places to drop off clean fill so they didn’t have to dispose of it at the landfill for a high fee!
Smoothing out the fill / topsoil
- rake back and forth to level the soil
- hit the soil with the rake head to crumble any large dirt chunks
- remove rocks as they surface
- rake in all directions
- use a lawn roller to compact the soil
The topsoil was spread out, then leveled with a metal garden rake.
Endless raking I might add. As the rocks surfaced, they were removed by hand.
When larger dirt chunks emerged, the rake was used to pound it down. If they couldn’t be raked smooth, they were removed or buried deeper.
We chose not to use a lawn roller because we didn’t own one, however I think it would have been better if we did. For the first little while, the lawn mower wheels sunk into the new lawn surface, so a more compact lawn would have been much better, especially for a larger area.
Start a new lawn with seed
- gently fluff up the soil with a rake
- plant lawn seed – we threw it on by hand
- sprinkle soil with Lawn Starter
- gently rake to cover the seed
- water by hand until germination transpires, keeping the area wet at all times
Lawn seed and starter used
Lawn Starter by Home & Garden Excellence
- Helps fertilize new lawn as it starts to grow
CIL Premium Grass Seed
- good for sun and shade
Hand water until seed has germinated
- keep soil moist by hand watering until germination starts
- avoid water pooling, which will wash away the seed
- switch to a sprinkler on a timer after seed germination
The most tedious part to all this was hand watering until the seed sprouted. A sprinkler would have created pools of water, washing away the lawn seed.
So I picked up a Melnor hand watering wand which is wonderful!
The key was to keep the soil wet. We took turns watering the newly seeded lawn every 2 hours during the day for about 5 minutes, stopping at 10pm and starting up at 8am the next day.
But it got old fast. This stage was relentless and the most ungratifying step because it’s like watering dirt with a no thank-you for your time. LOL I honestly thought at first there was something wrong with the seed, because it took about 2 weeks before it finally started to sprout!
And then… it finally sprouted. I felt like hosting a lawn sprouting party! And once sprouted, the lawn grown came on full force.
By that time, I was LONG over watering every 2 hours by hand, so I started to research what I could use to get the job done with a sprinkler and timer. I wanted my life back!
And that’s when I came across two of the best lawn growing supplies you will ever pick up if you too are planning to start a new lawn from seed… GIFT YOURSELF with these tools! They are epic!
A water sprinkler with all the options
- get a sprinkler with width, length and height adjustments
- I got a Melnor XT Oscillating Sprinkler with Flow Control
I had an old sprinkler in my garden shed, but some parts were missing and it was a mess. So after chucking it in the garbage, I went shopping for a new one. And boy was this a game-changer move! New lawn sprinklers have come a LONG way!
In plain english, you can get this sprinkler to water EXACTLY where you want it to.
You can adjust the sprinkler fan by width, height and how far you want it to fan out from one side to the other. Every single function is individual!
Set the water sprinkler to your exact requirements, test it out, and you’re done. No moving it around. No watering your vehicle or sidewalks. Set it right and you literally walk away and leave it alone.
Nearly! Adding a lawn sprinkler timer was a must…
B-Hyve water sprinkler timer
- B-hyve Smart Hose Faucet Timer with Wifi Hub
- wifi required
- with a phone app, you can set it to water your lawn in ANY time increments!
I didn’t want to have to babysit keeping the soil wet every 2 hours during our current heatwave, so I started to search out lawn sprinkler timers.
One frustration was trying to find a lawn sprinkler timer that watered as frequently as I wanted. Most watered only x amount of times a day, or x amount of hours in a given day. It was never enough to keep our soil moist.
Luckily, someone in a hardware store directed me to an irrigation place in my town. So after investating, they did have something that did the job PERFECTLY!
How to set up the B-Hyve hose faucet timer
- download the B-Hyve app from HERE
- connect your sprinkler
- get everything paired through wifi
- set the app with your desired times
- off you go!
- Watch how to set up B Hyve on YouTube HERE
This is a water sprinkler timer that uses Wifi and an app on your phone to set any desired times.
So you purchase the B-Hyve sprinkler, then download their app from HERE.
I did have some trouble getting everything bluetooth-paired on my own. Some of the sprinkler instructions weren’t explicit enough for me, so I emailed the manufacturer.
They sent me THIS YOUTUBE LINK that explained every single step. This did the trick!
Because we were experiencing a heat wave, I set the timer to do what we were doing by hand. We watered every 2 hours, for 7 minutes each time, ending at 10pm, and starting up at 8am the next day.
Let the lawn watering games begin and the endless babysitting to be over!
Keep lawn soil wet
The key was to keep the soil damp at all times, without the water pooling. So dependent on your weather, you’ll want to watch for the needed sprinkling frequency.
But using this fancy lawn sprinkler with all the settings teamed up with a timer that did it all? I got my life back again. I could even actually leave for a day of shopping in town!
Just be sure that the sprinkler is well positioned so it doesn’t flip over.
So I did run into 2 glitches, so it pays to watch over your system for a couple days before taking off to ensure it works.
At one point the sprinkler stopped going back and forth. After promptly replacing it, it’s worked ever since. Must have been a bad batch or glitch.
And one time the water didn’t spray through the sprinkler. The timer was still working and the sprinkler appeared to be in order. I later found a kink in the hidden part of the hose I had buried in plants! Oops. So get a non kinking water hose too maybe…
The new lawn – AFTER!
Check. That. OUT.
You’d never know there use to be a weed infested gravel driveway in this spot! The lawn flows flawlessly from one yard to the other. And it is perfect.
It’s clean, simple and SO green, thanks to that lawn starter!
With any new lawn, it will thicken up over time as well.
And while we followed all the suggested tips on how to start a new lawn from seed, something we did do is add more grass seed than originally suggested to ensure we got decent coverage. And even add new seed in the bare spots as it grows.
And that my friends, is how to start a new lawn from seed.
We are all SO pleased with the results of growing a new lawn from seed! We now have a beautiful shared side yard to enjoy instead of that jumbling mess!
Thanks to all those fancy pants lawn tools that saved my sanity of course…
What are your own fav lawn growing tips? Think you’ll try some of the supplies I used?
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