Seeding your lawn is a practical and affordable way to get beautiful green landscape for your garden. There are several benefits to sowing seed rather than having a turf laid, including a reduction in cost, being able to get right into the most difficult areas of the lawn, and being able to create a natural looking lawn with a variety of different seeds. Seed can also be kept in a dry spot until you are ready to sow, so you don’t have the inconvenience of having a new lawn laid right in the middle of summer.
The right time to sow
Putting seed into your lawn is often best done during the late summer to early autumn, when there is lower number of weeds in the soil, but the ground is still warm and damp. This is the ideal time to germinate lawn seeds, and ensuring that you get a good strong growth for your lawn. If you have not been able to sow during the autumn, then sowing in early to mid spring with plenty of water could be the best alternative. You should always avoid spreading seed on the grass in summer, as it is not likely to germinate during the driest season.
Selecting seed mixtures
In order to create a natural effect in your lawn, it is important to choose a mixture of seeds. There are a wide variety of lawn seed mixes to choose from, and it is important to think carefully about what you will actually need from your lawn prior to making a purchase. The nature of your lawn can also help you to choose the perfect seeds type for your garden. If you have a rather dry or clay soil, then you may want a seed mix with tough grass, which will be able to grow in the range of conditions. For busy lawns, used by children and pets, hard wearing grasses are ideal. Ryegrass is a popular choice, along with fescues and similar tough lawns. For lawns which are regularly covered by shade, or need to be laid around trees, shady lawn mixes tend to be the best.
Make the soil ready
Before you start laying your seed, you should give grass seeds the best chance possible by eliminating issues in the soil. Dig up weeds, including bindweed, which are in the way of the grass. Try to avoid using residual weed killer which will prevent grasses from germinating. Turn over the soil to the depth of a standard ruler, and then add fertiliser or similar organic matter. This should always be well composted.
Sowing lawn seed
The day before the seed is sown, it is important to check the soil and remove any weeds which have started to grow through. Create a level surface for the soil, treading down in a range of directions and then raking over in the same manner. Apply a fertiliser, and leave overnight. Sow the seed in small lines, gradually expanding the area to cover the entire surface of the lawn. If you are using seed distribution tools, then you need to work out how much seed you want per square metre, and then use the distributor according to your calculations. Once the seed has been sown, cover them with soil, and then water gently using a watering can with a sprinkler.
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