Fall is the perfect time for planting. Cooler temperatures and sunny days provide just the right recipe for planting a new lawn. Getting a good start will determine the quality of your lawn for many years to come. Here are some tips that will help to keep a great lawn for many years to come. Condition the Soil The most important element to a healthy lawn is the soil condition. Before you begin you will want to know the condition of the soil. Soil testing is the process of analyzing the nutrients present in a soil sample to determine the type and amount of fertilizer needed. You can purchase a soil test kit at your local garden center. Once you know the results of your soil test you can mix fertilizer into the top four to six inches of your soil. Your soil should be tilled thoroughly. If the tilth of the soil is very heavy or sandy, organic material such as peat moss, compost, sludge or even sawdust should be added. Choose the Right Seed Before selecting seed you will need to determine how you will use your lawn and how much maintenance you're willing to provide. Seed types are formulated for different needs and different climates. Some seed mixtures have tough and durable grasses designed for play areas while others have fine bladed grasses for a lush lawn. You may also need to buy seed designed for sun or shade. Read the seed bag before you buy, to make certain it is the right mix for your needs. Plant The best time to seed lawns is from late summer until early fall. At this time of year the soil is still warm, watering is not as much as a problem as it is mid-summer, and there will be fewer weed problems. This gives the lawn a better chance of getting established. For the best results use a hand crank operated seed spreader. Sow ¼ of your seed (at ¼ the recommended rate) to the entire lawn area. Repeat this process three more times, each in a different direction. Then roll the entire lawn surface with an empty lawn roller to set the seed in the soil. Water the entire area thoroughly with a fine mist. Keep the new seeds evenly moist until germination. After the seeds germinate, water about one inch of water per week. When the grass is 2 1/2-3 inches tall mow to about 2 to 2 1/2 inches tall. Getting your lawn off to a good start will ensure you have a green, healthy and beautiful looking lawn for years to come.