B. Seeding Tools

For seeding tools you don't have to own a lot of expensive landscaping tools. You probably have enough in you garage or shed already.

Below is a list of recommended tools required to prepare and seed your yard.

We will hold off on talking about excavation and grading equipment for later.

First things first. Always protect yourself with the basics.

Gloves (high dexterity gloves are best), safety glasses, steel toe boots, knee pads, and long pants are the most valuable landscaping tools you will use.

  • Beer - This is used to bribe family, friends, and neighbors into helping you.
  • Caution tape or ribbon - This is to keep people and kids off your landscaping site.
  • Fertilizer spreader - You will be applying some starter fertilizer.
  • Laser level, transit or string level and string You should stake your yard with elevation markers to grade it properly.
  • Pick-axe - These are always handy to have in a rocky yard if you are doing any hand digging.
  • Rakes - A good bow rake and a wide landscaping rake. (Extra ones for helpful neighbors.)
  • Roller barrel (water filled) - This is for rolling over the loam and seed when dry to ensure good seed to soil contact.
  • Seed spreader - Or you can use your hands.
  • Sharp knives - These are handy if you have to cut any landscaping fabric or edging. (Also have good supply of sharp blades.)
  • Shovels - The two most popular ones are a square nosed shovel, and a digging spade.
  • Stakes - Ten or so should be enough (3 ft high). Used for staking yards that need elevation markers.
  • Wheelbarrow - If you have one, great. If not get a good one with a rubber tub, and a good rubber inflatable tire. (It's worth the money over a cheap one.)

This is a do-it-yourselfer list and this should give you the basics to get the job done without investing a lot of money.

Let's move onto Selecting and Estimating Seeding Materials...


Table of Contents: Seeding a Lawn

Introduction: Seeding a Lawn

A. Seeding Site

B. Seeding Tools

C. Selecting and Estimating Seeding Materials

D. Grading Soil for Seeding

E. Spreading Seed

F. Seeding Completion and Clean-up


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