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Step 5: Smooth the soil
Grass seed needs smooth and level ground to get the best germination. And it needs good seed-to-soil . So first remove all rocks and debris, then level and smooth the soil with a broom rake. Then drag the rake (tines up) to create 'furrows.'
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Step 6: Add a starter fertilizer
A starter fertilizer gives grass seed the nutrients it needs to germinate and grow quickly. Consult with a local nursery to find the best starter fertilizer for the seed you select. Follow the instructions on the bag for the proper spread rate for a new lawn and spread the fertilizer into the furrows. Don't overdo it.
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Step 7: Pick seed to match your site
Consult with the grass expert at a garden center to select a seed that matches your site conditions, lawn care preferences and budget. Ask about the newer low-maintenance and drought-resistant varieties. Purchase grass seed by the bag or in bulk, by the pound. But buy just what you need. Don't apply the leftover seed?extra seed actually reduces the germination rate.