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Growing a new lawn – speed up seed germination and protect against birds

PRE-GERMINATE SEEDS

  1. Use a burlap or mesh bag inside a covered pot
  2. Weight it initially (temporarily) to make sure the seed inside gets soaked through
  3. Set the bag out to drain the seed each day while you are changing the soaking water.
  4. Check the seed each day when you change the water, beginning on the fourth day.
  5. By the sixth or seventh day, you will find little white shoots, called cotyledons, on one end of many seeds, signaling successful germination.
  6. Allow the seed to fully drain before spreading out
  7. Lets them dry on the surface for 30 to 60 minutes
  8. Mix with top soil and spread
  9. Water

Source: http://forums2.gardenweb.com/discussions/1542152/soaking-grass-seed-overnight-am-i-nuts

Prevent birds from eating seeds

Put a plastic cover while seeds are germinating

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