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Soaking Grass Seed

Chris Wagner

LawnSite Senior Member
A friend of mine was telling me about a technique which includes pouring grass seed into a nylon and dropping this into a bucket of water with a brick on top to weight it down.

Once the water turned a tea-like color, he removed the seed and let it dry out on a newspaper.

Immediately after that, he planted the seed and it germinated a heck of lot faster.

I guess the theory is that it breaks down some of the coating on the seed so it will germinate faster.

Anyone ever heard of this and can back up the claim? I'll be a guinea pig and try it out.


LawnSite Member
ottawa on
i believe it's called 'pre-germinating'. I've never done it, but it's supposed to work. soak the seeds for 24 hours, then plant. And you have to keep the seeds wet for the first few days/weeks. (that's why it's not more popular)


LawnSite Silver Member
S.E. Michigan
That's pretty much what happens to seed in hydroseed.