(1) Remember to prepare the seedbed well, and water the lawn thoroughly.(2) Water the seedbed thoroughly with a fine spray.(3) For example, if crows eat your seeds, lay chicken wire on top of the newly planted seedbed .(4) If the seedbed is loose and the seed would be placed in loose soil, consider delaying seeding until there is enough moisture to firm the seedbed .(5) Growers who planted early also had difficulty firming the seedbed because of dry soil conditions.(6) Roll with a heavy, water-filled lawn roller to make a firm seedbed .(7) More than anything, the prolifically seeding cottonwood needs flooding to prepare a fertile seedbed .(8) Spray the seedbed very lightly with water, then keep the soil evenly moist during growth.(9) Conventional alfalfa plantings involve several tillage operations to prepare a seedbed , followed by drilling the alfalfa seed.(10) That's why we recommend you plant in anticipation of rainfall in your area, and if rains don't come, water to keep your seedbed moist until your seedlings are established.(11) Some may argue that it is a waste of money because a good seedbed needs to be created for good germination.(12) Specially designed planters are capable of planting precisely in the resulting seedbed , and such systems are suitable for many Ohio farms.(13) Cover the seeds with 1/4 inch of soil, and keep the seedbed moist but not soggy.(14) It seems that no matter how well-prepared the seedbed is, when it comes time to cover a direct-seeded row, there are too many clods or lumps of soil.(15) Rake and level tilled soil, then roll to make a firm seedbed .(16) I rationalize that the extra effort of watering is balanced by it being easier to transplant from a flat than from a garden seedbed .