Ready to start a new lawn from seed? Time your sow-to-grow day just before your chosen grass type’s season kicks in to its fastest growth spurt. For warm-season grasses—Bermuda grass, carpet grass, and Bahia grass—the season to sow is late spring, when the temperatures are consistently about 75° to 80°F during the day. In cool-season-grass country—home of Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, creeping fescue, and the like—sow seeds during the late summer or early fall. In ANY area, the secret to getting grass seed off to a great start is giving it a good soaking with this tonic. It’ll guarantee close to 100 percent germination every time!

Here’s the how-to: Mix 1/4 cup of baby shampoo, 1 tablespoon of Epsom salts and 1 gallon of weak tea water (made by soaking a used tea bag and 1 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid in a gallon of warm water until the mix is light brown) in a large container. Drop in your grass seed, and put the whole shebang in the refrigerator. After 48 hours, take the seed outside and spread it out on a smooth, flat surface, such as a clean-swept area of your driveway. Once the seeds are dry, it’s time to sow.