How to Lay Grass Seed Evenly

Written by josh baum
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Thanks to modern seeders with large wheels and comfortable push handles, seeding a lawn is an easy thing to do. But what's not so easy is ensuring that the seeds lay down in an even layer; while those fancy seeders are easy to use, they're known to miss the occasional spot. The following tips will help you to create a layer of grass seed that you can actually see, which will thereby enable you to quickly spot all of the areas that got left behind.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Wheeled seeder
  • Sawdust
  • Large plastic bucket

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  1. 1

    In a large bucket, create a mixture of approximately two parts grass seed and one part sawdust. Toss this mixture together well with your bare hands to combine it.

  2. 2

    Pour the seed mixture into your seeder. If your seeder can still hold more, mix another bucketful just as you did in Step 1 and pour it into the seeder as well.

  3. 3

    Push the seeder along the lawn, starting in one corner and following clean, tight rows that stretch across the entire area you wish to treat. As you push and seed, you’ll notice that you’re leaving behind a visible trail of sawdust.

  4. 4

    Continue seeding in your established pattern, mixing up new batches of seed and sawdust when needed, until you’ve covered the entire area in seed.

  5. 5

    Pour some grass seed into your bucket or grab an open bag of grass seed. Survey the entire area you’ve seeded, looking for patches where you don’t see any sawdust or only see a little sawdust. Visit each of these areas one at a time, starting in the same corner of the lawn where you began seeding. Examine each spot closely to look for grass seed. If you don’t see any or don't see enough, sprinkle it by hand with the seed you’ve brought along with you.

Tips and warnings

  • If you don't have lots of sawdust in your own shed or workshop, ask around at local hardware stores or lumber mills. If you bring your own containers to take it away, many of these places will be happy to give you any sawdust they have for free.
  • Don't do this on a very windy day, or else your sawdust will just blow away after you lay it down. Your seeds might blow away, too.

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