While there are different measures you can take to properly facilitate perfect grass seed germination, the type of soil you decide to use and how you use it are essential to the success of the grass growing process. In simple terms, grass seed germination is said to occur when previously planted grass seeds begin to sprout and grow. First, you will need to go through the area where you plan to grow grass and remove all rocks, debris and weeds. Clean soil is essential to paving the way for healthy grass and you'll be setting yourself up for disappointment if you don't take the steps to clear your planting area.
Now, if your soil is too compacted or poor, you should spread a thin layer of mulch across the area and then rake it in with the old soil. Basic steer manure will work great for this purpose. Although it may give off an unpleasant smell, the results will be worth it in the long run. Now, the biggest mistake when it comes to grass germination is usually planting your seeds to deep. So, when sowing them, do not go deeper than 1/4-inch beneath the soil. This will ensure that the seeds can receive the moisture they need and that the sprouts will actually be able to break through the surface.
Finally, you will need the seeds to be in very close contact with the soil for them to germinate. So, after sowing the seeds, use a lightweight yard roller to gently compress the soil. By doing this immediately after planting your seeds and then ensuring that the area receives daily water, you will increase your chances of successful grass seed germination tenfold.