planting a new lawn
Step 4: Rake Smooth and Firm
- Remove stones and vegetative matter brought to the surface during tilling.
- Rake the area until it is smooth.
- Water the ground and check it for puddles.
- Allow the soil to dry; once dry enough, move soil from high spots to fill the depressions.
- Roll the prepared soil to provide a firmer base and to foster adequate soil structure. Fill a lawn roller about one-third with water, and roll until your footprints are no deeper than a ½-inch for optimal planting. If seed is planted in soil that is too loose generally ends up too deep and may die before they reach the surface.
- Complete planting preparations by thoroughly watering the area to a depth of 5 or 6 inches two days before planting.