Barring extreme soil or weather conditions, getting grass to grow quickly is a relatively easy process. It all starts with selecting the right seed and concludes with the proper maintenance. A plus is that you don't need to spend a lot of money on fertilizers and other products to get a lawn to grow quickly.
One of the most important factors for growing lawns in a hurry is the correct selection of seed. Annual and perennial rye grasses along with tall fescue are some of the quickest growing grasses. These grasses usually germinate in less than two weeks. Kentucky Bluegrass, by contrast, can take up to a month to germinate.
The best time to grow grass is in the fall because of the moisture that collects overnight on the ground. Spring is also a good time to plant seed. Winter and summer are the least desirable times because of the cold or heat. Consult a nursery or lawn guide to find out the ideal time to grow a lawn in your part of the country.
Spread a thin layer of lime on the lawn 60 days before seeding. The magnesium in lime will help the grass grow. Remove any weeds or plant material in the soil. Use a rake to create small furrows. Spread the seed and then lightly rake over the area to cover the seed with a thin layer of dirt. Muddy soil is ideal because the seed will adhere to the dirt and be exposed to instant moisture.
After planting the seed, spread a thin layer of fertilizer, then cover the area with hay and lightly tamp the soil to drive the seed into the ground. Water on a regular basis, particularly if your area does not receive frequent rain. It is best to water early in the morning or at dusk. Once grass begins to appear, fertilize the area again.
Allow the grass to grow to 3 inches in length before mowing. Remove any clumps of mowed grass. Continue to water the grass as needed.