Nick Wolski

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Nicole Alderman wrote:Hi Nick, and welcome to Permies!

I'm not really an expert on growing a lawn. In fact, I'm generally trying to kill my grass so that I can convert it into edible stuff. Can't eat grass, ya know? But, you're looking for info on growing grass, not getting rid of it, so I'll see what I can do to help, and hopefully someone else who's grown a lawn from seed can chime in.

First off, this is a really great article on how to maintain a lawn: Letting the grass get a little taller really does help it have deeper roots, and thus be healthier and need less water, as it can reach down and get it's own.

I'm wondering if rototilling your lawn area is actually necessary--grass seeds seem to love sprouting up everywhere for me, without any rototilling. Do you want a lawn that is 100% grass, or would you be okay with some tasty dandelion and other useful "weeds" growing in there, as long as it all looks green?

If you don't care about some weeds, you could probably just:

(1) Lay down the hummus and manure without rototilling (you probably didn't even have to rake out the leaves, as they'll just compost into nutrients if left there),

(2) Add the correct amount of lime (make sure to read the bag so as not to over apply the lime! Without a soil test, you can overdose the lime and raise the PH too high),

(3) Spread the grass seeds and keep them watered.

Once the grass starts growing, you should only need to water when you stick your finger into the soil and it feels dry about 1-2 inches down. Then water deeply. It's better to water deeply infrequently, rather than to just water a little all the time. When you water deeply, it encourages the grass to grow deeper roots, which means you won't have to water as often--less work is always a plus, in my opinion!

I hope that helps!

Nicole, thank you so much!  I definitely would want it to be 100% grass so I figure I will just go on ahead, remove all roots, leaves, branches, etc, and spread the humus and manure and mix with the rototiller, is that correct?
Hey everyone,

I live in South Boston or how many people here in the city refer to as "Southie" and I really need your help.  My girlfriend and I moved into our new place and we have a nice backyard with any area at the very back to grow grass.  So last night, I went online to try to get an understanding of what I need, but my impatience of not understanding anything I've read told me to just go to Home Depot and ask the 'master' in the gardening section and go from there. 
I have a good record of picking the right guy to go to when going to places like Home Depot, Lowes, etc.  Anyways, go up to an employee by the name of Jake, showed him my picture of the grass area of my backyard and asked him what I needed to buy and what would be my directions. 

The Home Depot I went to completely ran out of top soil and Jake asked me if this is something I want to jump on right away.  I told him yes, I want to get stuff now, go home, and get to work.  He told me there is an alternative and proceeded to point to Scott's Humus and Manure.  Based off the picture of the grass I showed, we concluded that 8-10 bags would be good and I grabbed 10 just to be sure.  He then continued to walk me to get Scott's Turf Builder Sun and Shade Grass Seed (3.46lb) and I bought one of those.  He then walked me to get a spreader and since the 'yard' in my backyard is not big at all, I just got the cheapest one that I can use with my hand.  Lastly, he took me to get lime and I couldn't remember exactly which one he had me get but it was a white and lime greenish looking one.  Before I headed to the cashier, I grabbed a rake and off to home I went.

Oh and as for the instructions, Jake from Home Depot simply told me to clear out all the leafs and crap with a rake, get a tiller or a shovel and dig out all the grass/weed/whatever roots.  Pour out the Scott's Humus and Manure and spread it evenly.  Then grab the lime and spread that over evenly, then start spreading seed (no more than half of the bag), and water the area.

Those were the main points that I got from Jake, I forgot the rest, and that's why I am here.  I was hoping if the stuff I got from Home Depot are good for me to get grass in my backyard, did I misunderstand Jake or did Jake not know what he was talking about, and I was also hoping if you could elaborate any further on my instructions before I proceed.  All I have done so far is rake out the leaves and crap, and I also took out some of the roots with a small shovel until I got tired.
Also, if you could please explain to what to do as if I was a 26 year old who has no idea what the hell he is doing and has never really done anything with lawns/gardening before, that would be awesome.

Thank you in advance, everyone!

I also posted a picture to show you all what I am working with.